Crops
Midwest mint growers will gather Feb. 25-26 in northern Indiana to learn various topics about production of the plant.
image of the cover of the 2016 Corn and Soybean Field Guide
The 2016 edition of Purdue Extension's Corn and Soybean Field Guide is now available at Extension's The Education Store. The new edition includes updated information on nitrogen rate guidelines and timing for nematode scouting.
Yang Zhao
Purdue University researchers found that engineering plants to produce high levels of a protein known as PYL9 dramatically boosted drought tolerance in rice and the model plant Arabidopsis.
Farmers using center pivot irrigation should pay special attention this year to make sure the system has plenty of clearance, says Lyndon Kelley, a Purdue and Michigan State Extension specialist. Plant debris and other obstructions could become entangled in a system's lateral arms, potentially causing thousands of dollars in damage, Kelley said.
Purdue Extension is offering a series of weekly webinars in coming months to provide beginning farmers and operators of small farms with practical information on a range of agricultural production and agribusiness topics. The webinars are free and will run noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays from Jan. 27 to April 13. An Extension specialist will lead each session.
Indiana cornfield
The extent of the crop damage caused by last summer's severe weather became clearer with a new U.S. Department of Agriculture report showing that Indiana's corn production fell to its lowest level in three years. The state's soybeans fared better, recovering enough from the early-season flooding to produce a stronger crop.
In this illustration, the red-shaded area represents the relative concentration of a neonicotinoid p
Neonicotinoid insecticides applied as a coating to soybean seeds provide a maximum of three weeks of protection after planting and are ineffective against later-emerging threats such as soybean aphids, according to a new publication by researchers from Purdue and 12 other Midwest universities.

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