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Purdue Extension Martin County Blast April 18, 2022


Purdue Extension Martin County Blast 4-18-22 

4-H Project drop / add deadline & Full enrollment

2022 4-H project drop and add deadline is May 15, 2022!  Please be sure you have the projects you desire listed on 4honline by May 15th. To fully exhibit at the Martin County 4-H Fair and/or the 2022 Indiana State Fair 4-H shows, 4-H enrollment must be completed, including paying enrollment fee for 4-Hers 3rd to 12th grade by May 15, 2022.  Extension staff are happy to help!  Please call 812-295-2412 or email


2022 4-H Camp for Campers!  deadline to register is May 15, 2022

When: Tuesday, June 14 & Wednesday, June 15, 2022
Where: Santa Claus, IndianaWho: Youth coming out of grades 3rd, 4th, 5th, & 6th
Cost: $10 per day family out of pocket cost per camper (Martin County 4-H pays balance)
Theme: Fishing with 4-H
How to Register: online at
For more information: or


2022 Martin County 4-H Handbook

Available at Printed copies are available by contacting the Extension Office. 


4-H Static Project Scorecards: Major Changes for Simplification!

All 2022 4-H scorecards have been reviewed, updated, and posted to the Indiana 4-H Youth Development web site.  Visit at:

Scorecards are located on individual project pages.  A general scorecard is available on the full project listing page. All previously used scorecards are outdated with the exception of some genealogy and some sewing scorecards. 

All 4-H leaders, members and families are encouraged to become familiar with scorecards as you work to create 4-H exhibits for the 2022 Martin County 4-H Fair and the Indiana State Fair!


Martin County 4-H Club Meetings

Every 4-H member is invited to all Club Meetings and members are encouraged to be members of multiple clubs.

Dream Team Club

Date                Day of the Week                     Time                            Location

5-1-22              Sunday                                    6:00 pm                       Loogootee City Park

5-14-22            Saturday                                  10:00 am                     St. Martin’s Hall

5-28-22            Saturday                                  10:00 am                     Loogootee City Park

6-12-22            Sunday                                    6:00 pm                       St. Martin’s Hall

7-2-22              Saturday                                  10:00 am                     St. Martin’s Hall

7-10-22            Sunday                                    6:00 pm                       Loogootee City Park

7-11-22           Monday                                   5:30 pm                       Martin County 4-H

                        (Records signing during fair set-up)                           Fairgrounds


Horse & Pony Club

Upcoming meetings dates TBA

Horses welcome with approved horse health certificates and MUST be signed by a licenses Veterinary.  Health certificates may be accessed at:

Or hard copy picked up at the Extension Office.

4-H members do NOT need to have a horse to participate in the Horse & Pony Club! New in 2022: 4-H members who DO NOT have their own horse are offered a Mentor Showmanship class.   


Jolly Jug Rox Club

Location: Hindostan Church Fellowship Hall

Time: 6:00 pm

Upcoming Dates:

May: Tuesday May 10 & Wednesday May 25

June: Monday June 13 & Monday June 27

July: Tuesday July 5


Jolly Juniors Club

Location: Truelove Church

South on Highway 231

1195 Truelove Church Rd, Loogootee, IN

Time: 6:00 pm

Upcoming Dates:

May: Monday May 9 & Thursday May 26 

June: Monday June 6 & Monday June 20 

July: Tuesday July 5

Questions: Call Leader Kathy Lingenfelter at 812-709-1424


Jr. Leaders –

Next Meeting:

May 1, 2022 7 pm Community Learning Center, Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds


Tractor Club

The 2022 Martin County 4-H Tractor Contest will be Saturday, June 11th 9:00 am at the Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds for all three Tractor Events: Ag Tractor, Lawn & Garden & Zero Turn.

The 2022 Area III 4-H Tractor Contest will be Saturday, June 25th at Warrick County Fairgrounds for all three Tractor Events: Ag Tractor, Lawn & Garden & Zero Turn. Exhibitors must qualify at the county level to progress to the Area Contest. (Rain date:  June 26, 2022.)

The 2022 Indiana 4-H Tractor Contest is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, August 10th for all three Tractor Events: Ag Tractor, Lawn & Garden & Zero Turn. Exhibitors must qualify at the area level to progress to the State Contest.


Volunteer with 4-H Robotics Club or Jr. Leaders? 

The Robotics 4-H Club & Jr. Leaders are in search of new volunteer leaders. Express interest by talking with Dena Held or any of the other 4-H Leaders and help make positive 4-H experiences with and for youth!


Communication and Expressive Arts 2022 Opportunities

A benefactor wants you to do one or more of the following things to let YOU… Martin County youth… have FUN!

  1. State 4-H Band Workshop, June 18-20, 2022 at Purdue University Campus

Open to all high school age youth. Participants perform to over 500 people. (Youth pays $50 deposit to Martin County CES Ed Fund and once attends Band Workshop, will be reimbursed the $50) Full registration fee & 4-H enrollment will be paid by the benefactor! If other expenses are needed to be paid for you to attend, please discuss with Dena Held.

  1. State 4-H Chorus Workshop, June 18-21, 2022 at Purdue University Campus

Open to all high school age youth. Participants perform to over 500 people. (Youth pays $50 deposit to Martin County CES Ed Fund and once attends Chorus Workshop, will be reimbursed the $50) Full registration fee & 4-H enrollment will be paid by the benefactor! If other expenses are needed to be paid for you to attend, please discuss with Dena Held.

  1. Communication & Expressive Project

For youth 3-12 grades Participate in Martin County 4-H Club activities and exhibit a project (or projects) under the Communication and Expressive Arts. $20 enrollment fee will be paid & you may attend club meetings, participate in activities, and exhibit at the Martin County 4-H Fair.


Indiana 4-H & Martin County 4-H Animal Details & Forms

Everyone interested may access 4-H animal details at to learn more and access forms for the 4-H year. The Purdue Extension Martin County Office is happy to help with access points and can print forms upon your request. 


4-H Livestock Identification Day

Thursday, April 28th

6 pm – 7:30 pm     

Location: Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds   

Livestock tagging for all livestock species and types of animals needing tagged MUST report to the 4-H Fairgrounds between 6 pm – 7:30 pm for tagging.   This includes: Beef and Dairy Cattle, Goats & Sheep. (Exceptions as found at:

Swine: Tags are being distributed now!  These tags are for you to apply at home for biosecurity reasons.  You must complete a swine tag request form with animal information and receive the tags by April 28, 2022.

Tags issued are for 2022 exhibition year.  

Any arrangements for other accommodations must be completed PRIOR to April 28th as new identification tags will NOT be distributed after April 28th for those animals requiring tagging.  The tagging deadline is April 28, 2022. 


Animal ID on 4honline Deadline May 16th

4-H members must identify all Beef and Dairy Cattle, Goats, Horses, Llamas, Sheep and Swine in the 4-H Online system by May 15th (May 16 for 2022 only) to be eligible for exhibition at the Martin County 4-H Fair and/or The Indiana State Fair 4-H Animal Shows. 


DNA Collection for Indiana State Fair Exhibition Deadline May 16th

Beef and Dairy Cattle, Meat Goats, Sheep and Swine must submit DNA hair samples by May 15th (May 16 for 2022 only) to the Extension Office to be eligible for Indiana State Fair 4-H Animal Shows.  


Verification of Livestock Breed Status Deadline July 1st

Livestock who are purebred or have other registration papers with exhibitors who wish to show in those respective classes need to provide the properly registered papers by July 1, 2022 to the Extension Office. 


Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) Martin County Program Deadline for Livestock Exhibitors July 1st

Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) is a national multi-species quality assurance program for youth ages 8 to 21 with a focus on three core pillars: food safety, animal well-being, and character development. All youth who exhibit livestock are required to be certified annually. Certification can be obtained at an in-person class or via the online modules. 

Upcoming In Person Martin County Opportunities: 

When: May 5, 2022 at 4 PM.

Where: Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds / Community Learning Center, 2666 US Hwy 50, Loogootee. 

Details:  Space is limited and registration is required. If there are no registrants 48 hours before classes, the class will be cancelled.  For more info contact Dena Held

How to register:  Register at    

Upcoming In person Knox County Opportunities:

May 17 6:00 pm EST at VU Ag Center

All youth in Indiana exhibiting an animal (Swine, Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Sheep, Goats, Rabbits, and Poultry) at a county or state fair must have completed a Quality Assurance Certification, by July 1, 2021 for Martin County exhibitors. 


Rabbit Tattooing 

Friday, May 13th

6 pm – 7:30 pm

Location: Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds


Poultry: Testing offerred May 13th / DEADLINE JULY 1ST 

All poultry except for water fowl must have originated from an NPIP-certified hatchery or test negative for Pullorum-Typhoid in order to exhibit at the Martin County 4-H Fair. Please submit your Poultry testing or NPIP verification forms to the Extension Office by July 1st.

Blood testing is available on Friday, May 13 at the Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds from 6-7:30 PM EST, cost of the blood testing at the fairgrounds is $3 per bird.  Blood testing is also available by appointment at the Heeke Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory located at the Southwest Indiana Purdue Agricultural Center in Dubois, Indiana. To make an appointment at the Heeke laboratory, call 812-678-3401.


Poultry Judging Contest

When: May 21, 2022

Where: Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 400 Parke Ave, Crawfordsville, Indiana

Registration deadline: May 13

Cost: $10 per contestant

Register at:


Sheep & Goat Health Management Workshop – 2 Date/Location Options
When: May 7

Where: Southern Indiana Purdue Agricultural Center, 11371 East Purdue Farm Road, Dubois, IN 47527

Registration due: April 29

More information: Sara Dziminaksi, Extension Educator, Perry County,

When: May 14

Where: Marian University’s Ancilla College, 20097 9B Road, Plymouth, Indiana 46563

Registration due: May 6

More information: Mark Kepler, Extension Educator, Fulton County,

The cost and topics are the same for both events.

Cost: $40 per person per location; Cost includes lunch and training materials

Time: 10 am – 3pm

Topics at both locations include: Parasite Identification and Management, First Aid for Sheep and Goats, General Health Management, and Pasture Management

To register:

Limited to 25 registrants


Purdue Fast Start for Indiana Students

One way to earn admission into Purdue University is through Fast Start.  Indiana Students can take the Modern States online courses for free.  Those who pass a minimum of five corresponding College Board CLEP exams and meet Purdue’s standard admission requirements are assured admission to Purdue and designated Klinsky Scholars. CLEP testing centers are now open along with online options. The Purdue Extension Martin County office staff are available to help local students access this opportunity!



Save the date for a great opportunity for the first 15 adults registered.  (Kids may attend with the registered adult.)  The Family Table is a Purdue Extension Health & Human Science Program where healthy food preparation and nutrition is taught and demonstrated. Weekly meal kits are provided for cooking skill practices at home! Will be held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Parish Center- Lower Level, 409 E Church Street, Loogootee


  • Wednesday, May 11th at 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday, May 18th at 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday, May 25th at 5:30 pm

All classes and materials are free and registration is required. Program open to all. Class size is limited.

Register here:


Dubois County 4-H Horse Show

When: May 8, 2022

Time: Entry booth opens 9:00 am; Show starts 10:00 am

Cost: $5 per class, $10 per stall, $10 electric hook-up until sold out

Ribbons for 1st -6th places; Judged by 4-H rules. Must be enrolled in 4-H for 2022 to participate.

Horse show attire and helmets are required. Tack swap – Bring your outgrown clothing and tack.

Questions: Kaylee Jacob 812-631-4984 or Morgan Gudorf 812-309-9798


Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana Youth Day Experience

Spend an entire day with Directors of Quarter Horse Racing Associates of Indiana and horsemen who have the desire to share their passion of Quarter Horse Racing with the future owners, trainers, jockeys and breeders in Indiana. Work side by side with leading trainers in the industry’s and experience the thrill of the gates opening and watching a horse just groomed cross the finish line first.

Deadline to register: May 16, 2022

When: June 11, 2022

Where: Horse Indianapolis Race Course

Who: Students 16-18 years old

Contact Teresa Myers 260-726-5090 with any questions.


Kernels of Knowledge: The A-Maizing Growth of Corn in Indiana

When Purdue University was founded in 1869, the average field corn yield in Indiana was 26 bushels per acre. Just over 150 years later, Indiana set the state record yield average at 195 bushels per acre in 2021 — more than the national average!

“Corn is a predominant crop in Indiana due to the climate, landscape and productive soils. Corn can yield a much higher amount of grain per acre of land compared to most other U.S. crops and can be used for a large number of different products,” explained Dan Quinn, assistant professor of agronomy and Purdue Extension corn specialist.

Corn, often referred to as maize, was a staple of the Native American diet and a ceremonial item. It was one of the “three sisters”: corn, beans and squash. Corn stalks provided the trellis for intertwined beans, which added nitrogen to the soil. Squash spread along the ground, acting as living mulch.

From the mid-1800s until the late-1930s, farmers usually saved seed after harvest each fall, planted open-pollinated varieties, and pollinated their corn with the same variety to produce a crop of the same type — or let insects, birds or wind pollinate their plants. High-quality seed was difficult to produce since both of these processes are difficult to control. The introduction and adoption of hybrids deliberately crossed for desirable traits improved stress tolerance and yield potential.

During the mid-1950s, continued improvements in corn hybrids, combined with rapid adoption of mechanization, synthetic fertilizer, and greater attention to farm and soil management practices resulted in higher yields. Today, farmers continue to increase corn yields every year using transgenic hybrids, where genetic material is introduced into corn plants using molecular technologies. They plant seed with traits such as resistance to insect pests and weed-killing herbicides, while adopting environmentally sustainable practices such as reduced or no tillage.

Indiana consistently ranks in the top 5 states for U.S. corn production, in part because technologies and practices developed by researchers at land-grant universities like Purdue helped fuel the increase in yield. Land-grant universities, established with a series of Congressional acts, are charged with education, research and outreach (called extension) to their local population.

Purdue Extension is crucial to the development of corn in Indiana, as Extension educators (or “agents,” as they were called then) share research that helps farmers maximize crop production, and then relay their needs to Purdue researchers. Researchers, in turn, share new varieties or crop management practices for farmers to test and implement, and the cycle begins again.

“Research innovations from Purdue have helped farmers become more knowledgeable, efficient and environmentally conscious crop managers, which are all aspects that have helped farmers get to where they are today,” said Quinn.

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