Agriculture
I would like to use this opportunity to remind everyone that the Monticello Farmer's Market will be making its debut Saturday, May 19th. The Saturday market will run from May until October 13th from 9am to 1pm at 1210 N 6th Street in Monticello in the parking lot of Rugie's Dugout. There will also be a Tuesday evening market, which will debut on May 29th, and will run from 4pm to 7pm through August 7th.
With the agricultural season getting into full swing, this means that pesticides will be being applied throughout the county. With that in mind, I would like to remind applicators, specialty crop producers, and beekeepers to stay in communication with one another, as the best way to avoid conflict is to talk to each other prior to applications being made. One great tool that helps with this process is the website DriftWatch, which can be accessed at: https://in.driftwatch.org/ The DriftWatch web
For many years, agronomic inputs were determined based on how much or how little they would influence grain yield. However, a combination of research and a revisiting of crop budgets have farmers reassessing inputs based not on how much they can boost yield, rather, how profitable they can be. A perfect example of this is nitrogen (N) fertilizer, which comprises one of the more significant variable production costs for corn. As margins grow tighter, and environmental concerns increase, the appli
In light of recent flooding that has occurred in White County as well as much of Indiana, I hope this article will provide some helpful resources from Purdue Extension on flooding and steps towards flood recovery.
Last week, I wrote about hosting a potential Master Gardener program here in White County to gauge the interest level of such a program in the community. It is important to note that a Master Gardener class can benefit all experience levels of gardeners.
Running a farm operation is a constant numbers game, with farmers continuously evaluating the costs of replacing equipment, fertilizer, feed and labor against market prices. Another significant cost comes in the form of monthly energy bills for electricity, gas, diesel and natural gas, which can climb to thousands of dollars, depending upon the size of the farm.
Purdue University is world renowned for the research and education that takes places in its school of agriculture. However, often times overlooked, Purdue Extension does much more than cater to farmers, and in fact offers a wide range of resources that can benefit homeowners and more diversified farmers as well. A few examples of these excellent resources can be found on the World Wide Web. A great place to start your website bookmarking if you are interested in information for your yard, hom

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