Agriculture
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This year's Purdue Farm Management Tour will include stops at four northwest Indiana farms, focusing on innovative methods to improve soil health and nutrient management with the goal of improving profitability.
Improving Water Quality
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Hellbenders have been rapidly declining since the 1980s due to various factors, including poor water quality. Poor water quality is caused by a variety of ecological issues, one of which is land use along the river. In the new video "Improving Water Quality Around Your Farm," we focus on how farmers can use management practices on their farm that improve water quality while still meeting their production goals.
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.

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