Agriculture
Magnolia tree.
Growth of a tree or flower is the result of the weather and the perpetuation of its natural growth cycle. To store sufficient resources for the following year, trees use the winter season as an opportunity to shuttle nutrients to their roots.
Nearly every foraging honey bee in the state of Indiana will encounter neonicotinoids during corn planting season, and the common seed treatments produced no improvement in crop yield, according to a Purdue University study.
Spotted salamander
Awareness of the Eastern Hellbender is growing due to the decline in numbers. Extension specialists receive reports of a "hellbender" that is found in a barn, or on a basement floor, crawling across a driveway, or occasionally in a pond. Here are some resources to help identify these large salamanders.
picture of gasoline pumps
With Memorial Day and the start of the summer driving season, Purdue University energy economist Wally Tyner believes reduced demand and higher inventories will help keep the brakes on oil prices.
Indiana Amphibian and Reptile ID Package, 4-books
Learn about reptiles and amphibians with the Indiana Amphibian and Reptile ID Package. The four books share information on each species and includes full-color photos, physical descriptions, list of similar species, and descriptions of important aspects of their ecology and behavior.
Producers can get first-hand tips from experts on how to incorporate management-intensive grazing techniques during a two-day seminar hosted by Purdue Extension. Grazing 102, which will take place June 23-24, will cover numerous topics on best management practices, including plant growth and development, soil fertility, forage identification, fencing and watering systems.
picture of a flooded field
Although two weeks of occasionally heavy rain and some unseasonably cold temperatures slowed planting progress and threatened newly emerging plants throughout Indiana, Purdue Extension corn specialist Bob Nielsen said there is still time to have a good grain crop if, as expected, weather conditions improved. The key, Nielsen said, is careful crop management.

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