Agriculture
image of a corn field suffering from nitrogen deficiency
After a brief stretch of dry weather midweek, rain was expected to return to parts of central and southern Indiana Friday night into Saturday (May 19 and 20), dealing another setback to farmers who have fallen significantly behind schedule in planting the state's grain crops.
Indiana's corn producers had 30 percent of their crop planted as of May 1 and were ahead of schedule despite more rain than normal so far this spring.
While most agricultural tourists responding to a Purdue University survey indicated that agriculture is an important industry, those who said they had visited a livestock farm tended to have concerns about how animal feeding operations affect water quality in their county.
Purdue Extension's Women in Agriculture committee will present a webinar addressing financial management for women who own small businesses.
The Indiana Biomass Energy Working Group will offer a workshop at Fair Oaks Farms on management of wastes from large-scale livestock operations, including anaerobic digestion, a mechanism for transforming biological waste into bioenergy. The Anaerobic Digestion and Phosphorus Recovery Project will be 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CST June 3.
Farmers and agribusiness professionals can learn about the agricultural business climate, strategies to successfully grow their operations and implications for agricultural producers of changing consumer demand July 7-8 at Purdue University's annual Top Farmer Conference.
Anyone needing Indiana agricultural statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture can now get them on a free mobile app created by Purdue University.

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