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Purdue Extension Martin County Blast May 2, 2022


Purdue Extension Martin County Blast 5-2-22


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

Times: Camper Check-in 8:30 CT / 9:30 EST, Check-out 4:15 CT / 5:15 EST

Where: Santa Claus, Indiana

Who: 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 All previously used scorecards are outdated with the exception of some genealogy and some sewing scorecards.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


5-14-22            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: 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: 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



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? 

Multiple volunteer opportunities are available for adult volunteers.  Express interest by talking with Dena Held or any of the 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. Registration deadline May 20.


  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. Registration deadline May 20.


  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. 


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 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:


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!


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.


Midwest Bonanza Indiana Junior Club Lamb CIRCUIT

IJCLC Sanctioned Show, all rules apply

When: May 22, 2022

Where: Wells County Fairgrounds, 1240 4-H Park Rd, Bluffton, IN

Time: Check in 7 – 9 am, Show at 10 am

Registration: Showman App

Entry fee: $25 head, $5 showmanship

Late fee: $30 head after May 20

Show off the trailer, no pens provided, top 5 banners/payout

For more information: Mike Moore 765-744-8214, Wes Moore 260-919-5001

Judge: Caleb Boden


Martin County 4-H Cat Project Workshop

Learn about cat resources, prepare for exhibition, and have fun!
When: Monday, June 20 5:15 pm

Where: Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds, Emergency Management Building

Who: Youth participating in the 2022 4-H Cat project and all youth interested in exploring the cat project!    Parents/mentors are welcome to attend.

Cost: Free

Questions: Contact Martin County 4-H Cat Department Superintendent Taylor Smith at 812-899-2294 (text or voice) or the Extension Office.


Jefferson County Classic Swine Show
When: May 21, 2022

Where: Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 3852 W SR 256, Madison, IN 47250

Check-In: May 20 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 21 7:00 am – 10:00 am

Entry Fee: $30/head

Showmanship will start at 11:00 am with the show following showmanship  

Judge: Chad Martin

For more info: Brice Gray 812-599-6182, Tanner Mahoney 812-701-6698, Brent Gray 812-599-5296


Washington County Open Sheep Show

When: Saturday, June 4, 2022

Where: Washington County Fairgrounds, 118 Fair St., Salem, IN 47167

Schedule: Check-in 8-10 am; Weigh-in 8:30-10 am; Showmanship starts 12:30 pm; Market classes start 30 minutes after conclusion of showmanship

For more info: Jason Webster, WCSA President, 812-725-5700 or Purdue Extension Washington County 812-883-4601


Indiana State Fair Vet Camps

Vet Camp is an experience for future veterinarians in grades 6th thru 8th or 9th through 12th to provide an opportunity to be the doctor for the day.  Youth are invited to spend time learning about animals in a fun way from current veterinary students from the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine.  Learn about the educational pathway to veterinary school and how you can prepare for what awaits you as a veterinarian.  Don’t miss out on the opportunity to investigate being a veterinarian. 

Hands-on sessions include:

Explore blood and placing catheters in animal models

Practice surgery skills by suturing up simulated incisions

Opportunity to look at radiographs (x-rays) to learn what is inside of patients.

What: Junior Vet Camp (grades 6-8) or Senior Vet Camp (grades 9-12)

When: Session are between July 30 – Aug 20

Cost: $40, participants will receive a t-shirt, two admission tickets, and parking pass.

For more information: Stephanie DeCamp 317-927-7566

Pre-registration required.


OISC Clean Sweep Pesticide Disposal

The Indiana Pesticide Clean Sweep Project is designed to collect and dispose of suspended, canceled, banned, useable, opened, unopened or just unwanted pesticides (herbicides, insecticides, rodenticides, fungicides, miticides, etc.) and is being sponsored by the Office of Indiana State Chemist (OISC). This disposal service is free of charge up to 250 pounds per participant. Over 250 pounds there will be a $2.00 per pound charge. This is a great opportunity for you to legally dispose of unwanted products at little or no cost. Visit to complete the Clean Sweep Participant Form or email to have a participant form emailed.


9 am – 3 pm local time

Aug 16: Ceres Solutions Wabash County, Wabash, IN

Aug 17: Bartholomew County Solid Waste District, Columbus, IN

Aug 18: Daviess County Highway Department, Montgomery, IN

Aug 23: Davis Purdue Agricultural Center Randolph County, Farmland, IN

Aug 24: Co-Alliance Porter County, Valparaiso, IN

Aug 25: Hendricks County Fairgrounds, Danville, IN

Ascochyta Blight: Conspicuous but Usually Cosmetic
By Lee Miller


Ascochyta blight is a sporadic disease that can infect Kentucky bluegrass, tall fescue and perennial ryegrass. Outbreaks are closely tied to high rainfall or irrigation events in mid to late spring, and drainage patterns. If the lawn is irrigated, Ascochyta can be a sign of too much irrigation. Current rainfall events are providing a prime environment for this disease.

To reduce spread, do not mow turfgrass when wet or immediately after an excessive rainfall event. Also make sure the mower blades are sharp, the turfgrass is mowed to the appropriate height (3 – 3.5” or higher), and is mowed frequently enough to avoid scalping. Over the next few weeks, consider a slow release nitrogen fertilizer application of not more than 0.5 lb N/1000 sq ft.


Ascochyta blight is solely a foliar disease and the turfgrass should recover in a few weeks. Because of this and the sporadic occurrence of the disease, fungicide applications are usually not recommended.



Ascochyta spp. can be found on senescing or dead leaves of several turfgrass species; however, the disease appears to be most serious on Kentucky bluegrass.


Ascochyta spp. survive as conidia in pycnidia on dead leaves or clippings remaining in the thatch. The pycnidia are highly resistant to breakdown by drought or extreme temperatures. Thousands of conidia ooze from a single pycnidium during wet weather and are dispersed by splashing rain, irrigation, mowing or other management activities.

Conditions that favor Ascochyta blight development are poorly understood. The disease can occur in late spring or summer on drought-stressed turf resulting from water restrictions or poor irrigation system coverage. However, the disease may also develop during periods of warmer weather preceded by unusually wet soil conditions induced by excessive rain or overirrigation. Frequent mowing and dull mower blades contribute to disease severity by creating more wounds that serve as infection sites.



Ascochyta leaf blight can be managed by using good cultural practices that minimize turfgrass stress. Reduce thatch and promote water infiltration through the soil with regular core cultivation. Maintain height of cut at 3 inches or higher. Minimize wounding of the leaf blades by maintaining sharp mower blades. Avoid mowing during wet weather, especially when Ascochyta spp. are active. Ruts caused by mower weight in wet conditions compact soil. This reduces water infiltration, increases leaf wetness duration and results in increased disease occurrence. Reduce mowing frequency and increase mowing height during Ascochyta leaf blight outbreaks. The fungus may be spread from one location to another on grass clippings, but this presumably contributes little to spread compared to the mower itself. Thoroughly mulching rather collecting or discharging clippings is advised.


Maintain balanced fertility. Avoid excessive applications of nitrogen fertilizer, especially in the spring. Too much nitrogen promotes rapid, succulent leaf growth that requires more frequent mowing and causes more wounding of the turfgrass.


Try to maintain uniform soil moisture. Check the irrigation system to make sure that all irrigation heads are working properly and that water is being distributed uniformly to avoid drought stress. On the other hand, excessive irrigation and poorly drained soils can also promote disease development.


Ascochyta leaf blight is primarily a leaf disease and not a root or crown disease, so it rarely causes plant mortality. Turfgrass usually recovers completely after a couple of weeks. Although several fungicides will inhibit Ascochyta spp., they can be expensive and difficult to apply. Furthermore, Ascochyta leaf blight development is sporadic and rapid, making timing of preventive and curative fungicide applications difficult.

Symptoms can be confused with those of: dollar spot, heat stress, moisture stress, mower injury, white grub damage.



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