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Learning Opportunities at Field Days and Workshops

May 16, 2019
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I encourage producers to consider attending an upcoming learning event locally at Northeast Purdue Agricultural Center (NEPAC) near Columbia City, or at Purdue’s Agronomy Center for Research and Education (ACRE) in West Lafayette.

Purdue Extension in northeast Indiana announces two summer learning opportunities at Northeast Purdue Agricultural Center (NEPAC), 4821 East 400 South, Columbia City, IN 46725.

A June 18 Open Crops Diagnostic Training will focus on crop production, with credit for commercial applicators in Category 1 – Agricultural Pest Management. Registration is from 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Program is from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Program topics include weed control, crop disease management, pesticide program updates, demonstration plots, soil phosphorus, and using drones for crop monitoring. Cost is $90, and registration by June 14 is available at:

An August 22 Field Day for area farmers will cover current topics in field crop production, including field crop diseases, insect pests, corn production update and soybean production update. Optional afternoon sessions will include self-guided research plot tours, cover crops and nitrogen management for optimum corn production, and an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Demo/Discussion. This field day is free, thanks to support from sponsors, but Private Applicator Recertification Program (PARP) credit will cost the standard $10.

For additional details about 2019 events at NEPAC, contact June event coordinator Ed Farris, Extension Educator in Huntington County, at 260-358-4826, or August event coordinator John Woodmansee, Extension Educator in Whitley County, at 260-244-7615. You may also contact your county’s Purdue Extension office or website closer to the particular event.

Farther away, the Purdue University Crop Diagnostic Training and Research Center (DTC) is known across the Midwest for its unique “hands-on” approach for teaching the art and science of accurately diagnosing agricultural crop problems. Agriculturalists can sharpen their crop problem trouble-shooting skills and evaluate new and alternative management strategies.

Training workshops and many small plot demonstrations illustrate insect, nematode, weed, soil fertility, disease and cultural problems in corn, soybean, forage, and small grain production. Extension, research and teaching staff from Purdue University and leaders in the agricultural community conduct each workshop.

A majority of the diagnostic training workshops will be conducted at the Purdue Agronomy Center for Research and Education (ACRE) located near West Lafayette, Indiana. ACRE is located approximately five miles west of West Lafayette, Indiana on U.S. 52 (4540 U.S. 52 West, West Lafayette, IN  47906).

Workshops scheduled this year include:

See website for complete details, including registration fees and how to register:

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