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Purdue Extension Martin County Blast April 3, 2023



This fun 4-H event will be  Tuesday, April 25, 6 PM, Community Building, Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds & Event Center. Deadline to register is Thursday, April 20th.  Registration forms are available at the Purdue Extension Office or online. Qualifiers will be invited to participate in the Area III Youth Performing Arts Contest to be hold on Friday, May 12 at North Posey School. The registration form is located at:



Who:  All 4-H Ages & parents, leaders, and mentors

Date: WHEN: Monday, May 8th

Time:  6 pm – 7:30 pm

Location: Community Learning Center, Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds & Event Center

Cost:  No Charge


Come to your Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds & Event Center to this NO CHARGE workshop to learn the basics of 4-H exhibit poster making! 


RSVP requested at 812-295-2412 but NOT REQUIRED. 


Concepts will be taught and then practiced during the workshop.  If you are running late, please still join in or stop in to purchase poster board, poster board sleeves & salon sleeves for your exhibits!  


If you haven’t yet enrolled in 4-H, it isn’t too late!  An enrollment station will be available during this workshop. 


fun outing with the EVANSVILLE otters BASEBALL TEAM for mddle school 4-h members: no cost for middle school 4-h members

When:  May 20, 2023

Time:  4:00 PM CST/5:00 PM EST

Where: 23 Don Mattingly Way, Evansville

Registration: On 4honline April 10th to May 16th

For:  Grades 6th to 8th graders  Area 3 4-H members

Area 3 Counties:  Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Martin, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh & Warrick


Youth will go on a tour of the facility and watch a baseball game. Members only need to bring money for their own food and souvenirs.



Who:  Youth in grades 9-12

Date:  June 7-9

Location: Purdue University, West Lafayette



Listen to the recently recorded Indiana 4-H Clover Call Pod Cast: Academy is Amazing at:


4-H Academy @ Purdue University is the topic of this month’s 4-H Clover Call. 4-H Academy will be held June 7-9 at Purdue University. Students in grades 9-12 are invited to attend! Dena Held, Martin County 4-H Educator, moderates this discussion. Also included on the podcast is Angie Frost, 4-H Healthy Living Specialist; Heather Caldwell, Fayette County 4-H Educator; Carly Holland, Rush County 4-H Educator; 4-H members Jorga Ellis (Rush County) and Clay Smith (Randolph County). During the podcast, we’ll learn about the parts of 4-H Academy that are highlights for the panelists and describe the opportunities that are available through 4-H Academy in 2023, including 14 different workshop tracks that are scheduled to be offered. Content of the Clover Call include:


Angie gives favorite part of Academy   

Conversation with youth who have attended Academy: Clay & Jorga

Details & Logistics about Academy   

Concluding thoughts  



Who:  Youth in grades 7-9

Date:  June 26-28

Location: Purdue University, West Lafayette

4-H Round-Up is an exciting opportunity offered to youth who have completed grades 7, 8, and 9. Attendees have an opportunity to explore a variety of careers by attending classes created just for Round-Up attendees at Purdue University. Participants will get a taste of college life and will live in a Purdue Residence Hall for two nights. Youth have an opportunity to meet others from across the state and further develop their leadership skills. Recreation events are planned in the evenings and blocks of free time allow attendees the opportunity to build friendships on their own. 



Who:  Youth in grades 9-12

Date:  June  24-26

Location: Purdue University, West Lafayette


Band: Youth will improve their instrumental skills as they prepare for a concert band performance Monday evening during 4-H Round-Up

Chorus: Youth will improve their vocal and choreography skills as they prepare for a show choir performance Tuesday evening during 4-H Round-Up. 



Who: Youth in grades 9-12

Date: June 13-16

Location: DePauw University

The Conference is planned by a 14-member Jr. Leader Council


SJLC is for:

  • Those who want to learn new leadership skills for themselves and others.
  • Those willing to share the knowledge they gain with those at home.
  • Those who want to meet new friends from around Indiana.
  • Those who want to have fun!

While at Jr. Leader Conference, youth participate in:​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

  • Skill Sessions
  • State Park Group meetings
  • General Sessions
  • Skits/Talent Show
  • Recreation
  • Banquet and Dance
  • Installation Ceremony for Jr. Leader Council



Who:  Youth in grades 3-8

Date: June 2-4

Location: Country Lake Retreat Center, Clark County Indiana

Cost: $50 deposit from family will be returned after attending!  All costs paid for by Martin County 4-H and supporters!

Register: at

More details:




Join us for a day of learning about flowers, gardening and beekeeping.


Who: Youth in grades 3-12

When:  April 29, 2023

Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Location: Posey County Community Center

Register: 4honline at V2.4HONLINE.COM

Cost:  $20.00 for 4-H’ers or $35.00 for Non 4-H’ers. 

Lunch and supplies for activities are included.



This 4-H Grooming and Showmanship Clinic will cover the species of Swine, Beef, Goats and Sheep with all animals for the clinic provided. Program includes:

  • Show Supply Giveaways
  • Free Lunch
  • Feed Dealers Available at Event

Who: Open to All 4-H Members

When: April 15, 2023

Time: 9 am

Location: Clark County 4-H Fairgrounds, 9608 Highway 62, Charlestown IN 47111


Questions:  email or call 812-256-4591




Location: Loogootee City Park with rain location at St. Martin, Whitfield

Dates & Times:

Sunday, April 16th         6:30 pm

Sunday, April 30th         6:30 pm 

Saturday, May 13th        10 am

Tuesday, May 23rd          7 pm

Sunday, June 11th            6:30 pm

Tuesday, June 27th          5:30 pm             Prior to fair set up to sign record sheets @

The Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds & Event Center


Horse & Pony 4-H Club Meetings

Location: Community Learning Center or Horse & Pony Barn based on weather, Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds & Event Center

Time: 3:00 PM  

Date: Sunday, April 30th


Jolly Jug Rox 4-H Meetings

Location: Shoals Christian Church in the CRC Building

Time: All meetings are from 6 to 7 pm


Tuesday, April 18th 

Tuesday, April 25th     Performing Arts performance at the Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds & Event Center

Tuesday, May 2nd

Monday, May 15th

Monday, June 5th

Tuesday, June 20th



Location: Truelove Church

Time: All meetings at 6pm


Tuesday, May 9

Tuesday, June 6

Tuesday, June 27 to sign record sheets at fair set up


Jr. Leaders 4-H Club Activities

Jr. Leaders is for 4-H Members in 7-12 grades.  All are invited to join in for the fun, leadership building, community minded club. Member may join in at any time!

Sunday, May 7, 7 pm: Monthly meeting, Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds & Event Center

June 13-17: State Jr Leader Conference (free for many members to attend, sign up now!)

June 20-21: Day Camp for younger youth. Jr Leader members are day camp counselors and camp leaders.


Indiana 4-H Quality Livestock Care Program information

The Indiana 4-H Quality Livestock Care Program training replaces the YQCA program. Youth in grades 3-12 showing Beef, Dairy, Poultry, Sheep, Goats, Swine, or Rabbits at the Martin County 4-H Fair and/or the Indiana State Fair are required to complete this training by July 1st to be able to exhibit.  


Indiana 4-H Quality Livestock Care Training core components, program goals and expectations emphasize the importance of care, safety, and youth as industry ambassadors. The goal of the Indiana 4-H Quality Livestock Care Training program is to help youth understand their responsibility in increasing consumer confidence, animal stewardship, and overall gaining and applying pertinent information and credibility, relating to food systems. The curriculum is relevant and timely with an emphasis on assisting youth in making their best livestock practices even better.


Cornerstone beliefs of the training include:

  1. Animals from youth livestock programs are treated with the utmost care.
  2. Youth livestock exhibitors are contributing to a safe, wholesome food supply.
  3. Youth livestock exhibitors are prepared to be ambassadors for animal agriculture.


Martin County training dates are: 


Monday, May 1, 2023               4 PM

Thursday, June 15, 2023           2 PM

Thursday, June 15, 2023           4 PM


Registration is due two days prior to class by calling 812-295-2412. The training cost is $3 and payment by cash or check will be accepted at the door.


Indiana 4-H will accept online YQCA certifications for 2023. If you choose to complete the YQCA option (still required for most national shows, especially swine), you will register for the online course at The cost of the online YQCA course is $12. After completing the course, you must email your certificate to the Dena at or bring a copy to the Extension Office. 



When:  Saturday, April 22, 2023

Where:  Dubois County 4-H Fairgrounds, 4157 South State Road 162, Huntingburg, IN 47542

Registration:  7:30 to 8:30 am EST

Contest Begins:  9:00 am EST

Lunch will be included in registration cost

Preregistration Recommended by 12:00 pm on Thursday, April 20, 2023 at:  Or mail paper form to Purdue Extension-Dubois County.

Scantrons will be used, so bring pencils and clipboards.  ALL 4-H/FFA Judging teams are welcome to attend. 

For more information:

Steve Oeding – 812-351-2468

Josh Lichlyter – 812-827-9424

Grant Weyer – 812-661-0490



When:  May 20, 2023

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

INFO:  Check in, Friday, May 19, 7:00 – 8:30am  and Saturday, May 20, 7:00 – 10:00am

             For more Information call:

             Brice Gray – 812-599-6182

             Tanner MaHoney – 812-701-6698

             Brent Gray – 812-599-5296



April 26, 2023 “Back to the Basics” Volunteer Training at 7:00 EST.


VOLUNTEER opportunities

Have you ever thought about a talent you have or a talent you want to develop alongside youth in the 4-H Program? 


Purdue Extension & Martin County 4-H is seeking adults to work to MAKE THE BEST BETTER through 4-H programs. Contact Dena to explore how to work together in this way.  No matter how much time you have, volunteering with 4-H makes a difference by helping youth explore and discover the skills they need to lead for a lifetime. There are lots of ways to get involved! Currently, 4-H Club Leaders are needed for All Terrain Vehicle Program, Shooting Sports and STEM/Robotics. Various content specialist and general volunteers are also needed. Looking to help with the 4-H Fair and have some ideas?  Join one of the committees. Wonder how we can continue to bring fun and learning to youth through 4-H all year long? Do you have ideas?  NOW IS THE BEST TIME TO GET INVOLVED!


Parents, family and adult friends of 4-H members are often a natural fit to help with programming and is one way to spending quality time with the youth in your lives!



 The Indiana University School of Public Health operates the Southern Indiana Heart Healthy Hoosiers Program to promote heart health.  This program provides:

  • Free preventative cardiovascular health screenings
  • Rapid glucose test with resource referral coaching and mentoring
  • Rapid lipid panel testing with resource referral, coaching and education
  • Healthy lifestyle coaching
  • Tobacco cessation resources
  • Carbon Dioxide level test and nicotine test


Thursday, May 4, 2023

TIME:  10:00 am to 3:00 pm

PLACE:  Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds & Event Center, Community Learning Center, 2666 US Hwy 50, Loogootee, Indiana

Contact: Gina Townsend, Faith Community Nurse Coordinator by e-mail

Complete the initial survey at:  




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! 




2023 INDIANA STATE FAIR – JULY 28 – AUGUST 20, 2023 Closed Monday & Tuesdays


MARTIN COUNTY 4-H FAIR 2023 4-H Related Schedule of Activities

*More activities to be added/subject to change*


Wednesday- Friday, April 26-April 28

8:00 am – 4:00 pm                    4-H Swine tags to be picked up 


Friday, April 28

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm                    Martin County 4-H Animal tagging day for cattle, sheep & goats

(No new livestock tags will be distributed after April 28)


Thursday, May 11

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm                    4-H Poultry Bleed & 4-H Rabbit Tattooing


Monday, May 15

All 4-H project drop/add on

All 4-H animals must be identified on

Equine Health forms & applicable leases are due


June 1-June 20

All 4-H exhibits for the fair must be entered on


Saturday, June 10

9:00 am                                    4-H Tractor Contest – All Disciplines


Tuesday, June 27

6:00 pm                                    Set up at 4-H Fairgrounds for all 4-Hers, Leaders & Volunteers – check in & out at the tree


Thursday, June 29

3:30 pm                                    4-H Fashion Revue Judging, at the Community Learning Center

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm                    Static Project Exhibit Check-In Judging at the Community Building

                                                 Includes Mini 4-H exhibits (excludes 4-H foods, 4-H garden and 4-H floriculture)


Saturday, July 1

                                                All livestock purebred animal registration papers due

Quality Assurance training certificates for cattle, swine, sheep, goat, rabbit & poultry exhibitors are due

Health forms for felines & poultry are due


Wednesday, July 5

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm                    4-H floriculture, 4-H foods & 4-H garden projects exhibit check in 

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm                    All Open Class Exhibits Check-In


Thursday, July 6

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm                    4-H Livestock Check-In


Friday, July 7

3:00 pm                                    4-H Cat Show in The Emergency Management Building

5:00 pm                                    Community Building and vendors Opens

6:30 pm                                    Queen Contest, 4-H Fashion Revue & Mini Sewing Modeling


Saturday, July 8

9:00 am                                    Community Building Opens

9:00 am                                    4-H Beef & Dairy Show

1:00 pm                                    4-H Rabbit Show

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm                   4-H Horse & Pony Check-In Option 1

5:30 pm                                    4-H Poultry Show


Sunday, July 9

10:00 am – 11:00 am                4-H Horse & Pony Check-In Option 2

1:00 pm                                  4-H Horse & Pony Show  

1:00 pm                                    Community Building Opens

6:00 pm                                    4-H Goat & Sheep Show


Monday, July 10

5:00pm                                    Community Building Opens

5:00 pm                                    Oreo stacking and watermelon seed contest by Martin County 4-H Jr. Leaders

6:00pm                                    4-H Swine Show


Tuesday, July 11

5:00 pm                                    Community Building Opens 

5:15 pm - 6:00 pm                    4-H Projects released & 4-H gratitude station Opens

5:30 pm                                    4-H Supreme Showmanship

7:00 pm                                    4-H Ten year and Last Year Member Recognition

7:00 pm – 745 pm                     4-H Projects released & 4-H gratitude station Opens

7:15 pm                                    4-H Livestock Auction


Wednesday, July 12

6:30 pm                                    Clean up *All 4-H members & 4-H volunteers/leaders*


Monday, July 17 to Friday, July 21

8:00 am – 3:00 pm                    Static projects (except foods) for the Indiana State Fair are to be provided to the Extension Office or as individually scheduled by calling 812-295-2412. 

Tuesday, August 1

4:00 pm to 4:30 pm                   Foods projects for the Indiana State Fair are to be provided to the Extension Office or as individually scheduled by calling 812-295-2412.


WHEN:  June 9-10, 2023

WHERE: Southern Indiana Purdue Ag Center- SIPAC

11371 East Purdue Farm Rd. Dubois, IN  47527


WHEN: June 16-17, 2023

WHERE: Randolph County Extension Office

1885 S. US Hwy 27, Winchester,  IN  47394


Fridays: 1:00 PM- 6:00 PM

Saturdays:  8:00 AM- 5:00 PM


Main Content:  Soil Fertility, Water, Fencing, Grazing Systems, Animal Health, and Plant ID


Questions: Contact Jason Tower, or 812-678-4427


The fee for the first individual from a farming operation is $75. Cost for others after a farm owner/tenant has been registered is $50. Registrants after the first one do not receive reference materials. The fee for all others is $75. Snacks and lunch are part of the fee. Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require auxiliary aids and services due to a disability, please contact us prior to the event at 812-678-4427


Registration:  Please register for either location by June 2, 2023



Adapted from: by Lauer, J. and D. Undersander


There are a number of methods and formulas that may be used to determine the value of whole plant corn silage. A “quick and dirty” method to determine the price of corn silage is simply multiplying the price of a bushel of corn grain by a factor of 8-10. However, the use of more detailed methods will provide estimates that more closely reflect the value of the corn silage and result in prices that are more transparent for both the grower and the purchaser. One approach to calculate the value of corn silage is to take into account the dry matter content of the crop and estimated grain yield, while crediting the grower for the value of organic matter (stover) removed from the field. This method is reflected in Part 1 of the Corn Silage Crop Calculator spreadsheet (http://www. CornSilageValueCalculator.xls). To use this calculator, the yellow-colored cells should be adjusted to reflect the correct values for the situation being evaluated. Two versions of the calculator are available for use, depending on the inputs that are accessible. If corn silage yields are available, the “Silage Yield Input” spreadsheet should be used. In cases where silage yields are not known but data on historical corn yields are available, use of the “Corn Grain Yield Input” spreadsheet will provide an estimate of corn silage yields and value.


Besides knowing the yields of either corn grain or silage, the dry matter of the silage should be determined. Recommended dry matter (DM) for corn silage ranges from 32-35 percent DM for bunkers and bagged silage, and 33-38 percent DM for silos. Additional information on determining dry matter can be found at http://www.extension. org/pages/Dry_Matter_Determination. The corn silage calculators are based on the value of the corn grain present in the silage. In these calculators, the grain yield or corn silage yield is determined through an equation developed by Lauer and Undersander (2004). The equation was developed using 426 samples of corn collected between 1997 and 2002. The equation used to determine corn grain yield is: Corn grain yield (bushels/acre) = (42.3 x tons of silage DM) – (1.53 x (tons of silage DM)2 ) – 72.7. After estimating the yield of corn grain, the value of the corn is multiplied by the market value.


To arrive at the final price of the corn silage, the cost of harvesting and storing the corn grain — which would be the responsibility of the grower if the crop was sold for grain instead of silage — is subtracted from the market price of the corn. Finally, the grower is credited for the removal of organic matter and nutrients from the field through the removal of the corn stover. The resulting calculations provide a value for wet corn silage on both a per-ton and per acre basis. Estimating the cost associated with harvesting and storing corn grain will depend on fuel, equipment, labor and drying expenses. Average harvesting and hauling costs will be in the $45- $55 range. Depending on the moisture content of the grain and the drying system, average costs associated with drying will range between $30 and $40 per acre. Arriving at a value for the removal of stover does provide some room for negotiation. One way to arrive at an estimate for the value of stover removed from the field is to determine the net profit that would be expected if the stover were sold as a bedding source. There also are analyses available on estimated costs to remove stover from a field if more detailed information is preferred. Although the price paid for corn silage in the field often is the main concern of livestock producers at the time of harvest, considering the additional costs of the silage and arriving at the final cost of the silage is important. Part 2 of the Corn Silage Crop Calculator is provided to assist a producer with estimating the total cost of the corn silage at the time of arrival at storage and at the time of feeding.


The additional expenses associated with harvesting, hauling and storage can substantially add to the cost of the silage. Although the costs of harvesting and storage can vary greatly depending on how the silage is harvested and stored, costs for harvesting silage have traditionally been in the $8- $10 range. However, these costs can vary depending on fuel costs, equipment costs, labor and other factors. The “Cost of Silage to Producer” value is reported as a value per ton before shrinkage, and represents the value of the silage that arrives at the silo, bunker or bag. Shrinkage, or dry matter loss, is a factor that often is not accounted for. Shrinkage may include silage lost to spoilage, seepage or birds, or overestimation of dry matter content. Even in well-managed and preserved silage, 10 percent shrink is fairly common. Don’t forget to account for DM losses (shrinkage) when determining the actual feeding value of corn silage. Although tools are a valuable starting point for determining the value of corn silage, be aware that local factors, such as availability of other feeds, quality of the crop, supply and demand, and traveling distances, can directly affect silage value. Open discussion and transparency in the pricing process will facilitate arriving at a price that both the seller and buyer understand.





 The Martin County 4-H Jr. Leaders Easter Egg Hunt was held on April 2nd at the Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds & Event Center.  Golden Egg winners pictured on the front row per age division:

0-2 Lukas Livingston, 3-4 Miles Cundiff, 5-6 Gabe Brown, 7-8 Izacc Brown, 9-10 Timothy Wilson

Second Row: 4-H Jr. Leaders Members Mackenzie Craney, Makenzie Mauder, Ella Parker, Jocelyn Craney, Elizabeth Boswell


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