As the days begin to get a little longer and more of us begin thinking about spring, I always like to promote some great web based resources Purdue Extension has to offer that may help you out this coming year. Many of the websites I would suggest bookmarking throughout this article can be accessed through: https://extension.purdue.edu. This is the homepage for Purdue Extension and where you can find information on upcoming Extension programs as well as links to a few of the main educational sites Extension offers such as: Agriculture, Community, Environment, Family, Food, Garden, & Youth (4-H).
Helpful information that you will find on the Purdue Extension Agriculture website includes Ag Answers, which looks to provide timely advice, strategies, and reminders to help farmers better manage their crops, livestock, and marketplace transactions. Farmers should also consider bookmarking the website: https://www.agry.purdue.edu/ext/corn/cafe/. This is the Purdue run “Chat ‘n Chew Café”, which provides agronomic news and information by posting the latest research and articles being put out by research specialists throughout the U.S. corn belt. The Cafe also features several great year round references such as: herbicide classification charts, plant population and fertilizer recommendations, and weed identification guides just to name a few.
For economic based information, look to the Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture: https://ag.purdue.edu/commercialag/Pages/. This website ran by Purdue Agriculture Economists provides great resources on agriculture policy, finance, business management, farm prices and leasing arrangements, farm risk resources, and the latest economic outlooks, just to name a few. If you are a beginning or small farmer, check out: https://www.purdue.edu/dffs/, which offers information on getting started and planning a business around more diverse agriculture.
For news on the latest crop pests affecting the state, subscribe to Purdue’s Pest & Crop Newsletter at https://extension.entm.purdue.edu/pestcrop/, which gives timely information on pests and crops throughout the state and offers advice on the most effective, economic, and environmentally sound pest management strategies as producers are confronting them. Another great pest resource is Purdue’s Plant & Pest Diagnostic Laboratory: https://ag.purdue.edu/btny/ppdl/. This laboratory is where plant samples and insects are sent throughout the state for diagnosis, and the website is where current problems and trends the lab is noticing are published to assist producers and homeowners who are having similar issues.