This year's Purdue Extension Indiana Small Farm Conference begins with a series of preconference workshops on direct marketing, woodland management, hops cultivation and other topics. The daylong workshops will be offered March 3, a day before the conference opens at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds in Danville. Extension and industry experts will lead each workshop.
Urban Forestry Specialist Lindsey Purcell's helpful publication "Tree Pruning Essentials" is now available in a Spanish-language version, "Lo Esencial Para la Poda de Ãrboles." This publication explores the techniques behind good pruning, from the planning process before planting to monitoring the tree's response after the pruning cuts.
The Purdue University-based Useful to Usable climate initiative is taking some of the guesswork out of crop nitrogen management for more farmers by expanding its Corn Split N tool to include all Corn Belt states.
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.
Forests are more than just trees. Our forests represent a complex ecosystem that is constantly changing over time. This complex system, and the associated research involved to understand it, is the focus of the next series of podcasts. Dr. Keith Woeste with the Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center shares how improvements can happen to our forests.
Historically, forests dominated the land of Indiana, covering about 85% of Indiana prior to European contact and settlement. However, now less than 25% of our forested areas remain-and more than 85% of those areas are privately owned.