This year's Illiana Vegetable Growers Symposium will include sessions on new pollinator regulations, pumpkin and other cucurbit diseases, mineral nutrition for vegetable crops and an update on food safety regulations. The symposium, a collaboration of the Purdue and University of Illinois Extension services, will be held 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (CST) Jan. 5 at Teibel's Restaurant, 1775 U.S. 41, Schererville.
A series of three new publications from Purdue Extension will offer homeowners, farmers and commercial applicators practical tips on protecting pollinators from insecticide exposure and other risks. Each publication in the Protecting Pollinators series is available as a free download from Purdue's The Education Store at www.edustore.purdue.edu.
Purdue University research suggests active biological mechanisms transport scent and taste compounds known as volatiles from plant cells to the atmosphere, a finding that could overturn the textbook model of volatile emission as a process that occurs solely by diffusion.
Want to help conserve nature in Dubois County? Concerned about invasive weeds harming our forests, farmland, and wildlife habitat? Then please join us for an information meeting about organizing a Cooperative Weed Management Area in Dubois County. Specialists will share about invasive species affecting the county and discuss priorities, objectives, and future directions in managing them.
Identifying and preventing the spread of invasive plant species in woodlands and other natural areas is crucial to maintaining healthy native habitats. Come and join Purdue Extension-Forestry and Natural Resources as our specialist provides tools to help identify and report invasive species.
Purdue Extension and the Illiana Watermelon Association are offering audit cost-sharing programs to Indiana fruit and vegetable growers who receive passing scores on their third-party food safety audits.
As Indiana frees itself from the grip of a harsh late winter, the State Climate Office says a developing weather pattern is likely to produce variable conditions this spring.