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Purdue Extension Martin County Blast June 5, 2023



Join the Martin County 4-H Jr. Leaders in great activities, speakers, games, crafts, STEM tinkering, snacks and a lot of fun. 


WHEN:  Tuesday, June 20 & Wednesday, June 21

TIME:  1:00 pm to 4:00 pm EST daily

WHO:  Youth in grades Kindergarten – 4th grade as of 1-1-2023

COST: $15 per camper, $10 for additional campers in the same immediate family. Checks made payable to Martin County 4-H Jr. Leaders.

WHERE:  Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds and Event Center, 2668 US Hwy 50, Loogootee, IN  47553

REGISTRATION:  Due by June 9th.  Call Martin County Extension Office at 812-295-2412 to get the registration form. E-mail completed copy to or mail to Purdue Extension Office, 2666 US Hwy 50, Loogootee, IN or drop off at The Extension Office.


Campers will be registered when payment and completed registration form received. Campers may need to be limited with first come first served.   


All campers are invited to provide non-perishable food items to help with local food pantries. All campers who donate daily will be entered into a special drawing for prizes, each day!



When:  Friday, June 16th

Time:  5:30 pm – 6:00 pm EST

Where: Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds & Event Center Shelter House

Cost:  $3 per bird



When:  Friday, June 16th

Time:  Workshop 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Where: Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds & Event Center Shelter House

Topics:  What to expect at shows, how to choose a breed, & show preparation

Cost:  No cost

Sponsors:  Premier Companies, Indiana 4-H Foundation

Questions:  Contact Shelby McAtee at 812-827-9778 or Shelly Ringwald at 812-698-0612

If accommodations are needed, please call the Extension Office at 812-295-2412 by June 9th



Calling 4-H members who want to help guide newer members during static project check-in!  The check-in times are on Thursday, June 29th & Wednesday, July 5th, with guides needing to arrive at 5 pm.  Let Dena or Michelle know at 812-295-2412 that you want to be a Martin County 4-H Guide! 



You may request a copy of the 4-H Handbook from your club leader, Extension Office, search Purdue Extension Martin County 4-H Handbook 2023 on the internet or use the provided link to access on the website.



Are you new to 4-H or a seasoned 4-Her? Either way, reviewing the score cards for projects can help youth decide on how to best set up project exhibits and understand how judging is completed.  PROJECT SCORECARDS can be located at:  It is a great way to work to prepare your exhibit!




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

Dates & Times:

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. Thursday evenings. 


Jolly Jug Rox 4-H Meetings

Location: Shoals Christian Church in the CRC Building

Time: All meetings are from 6 to 7 pm

Tuesday, June 20th



Location: Truelove Church

Time: All meetings at 6pm

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



Area III Tractor Contest will be held on Saturday, June 24th at The Knox County Fairgrounds, Bicknell, Indiana. Only county qualifiers may proceed to compete at Area Contest. 


The State Tractor Contest is Wednesday, August 9th at The Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis, Indiana. Only Area qualifiers may proceed to compete at State Contest. 



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!


Fairs Cares Food Drive now through end of Martin County 4-H Fair


June 20-21: Day Camp for youth Kindergarten – 4th grade. 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.


Upcoming Martin County training dates are: 


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. 


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!



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



You are invited!!!


WHEN:  Friday, July 7, 2023 During the Martin County Queen Contest

TIME:  Please be at the Martin County Fairgrounds FREE Stage ready to model at 6:15 pm.


As a Mini Sewing 4-Her, we want to recognize you at the Martin County Queen Contest!!  We encourage you to wear a 4-H t-shirt when modeling.  When you are in grades 3-12, you can add Fashion Revue as a project and model your garment you constructed.  Also participating in the Fashion Revue in grades 3-12 will give you more points on your yearly point sheet. 

CONTACT:  Martin County Extension Office:  812-295-2412 for the needed forms which can be returned on Thursday, June 29 during project check-in OR contact Elizabeth White, Fashion Revue Superintendent 812-709-1368


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

*More activities to be added/subject to change*


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 & garden) for the Indiana State Fair are to be provided to the Extension Office or as individually scheduled by calling 812-295-2412. 


Monday, July 31 *****SCHEDULE UPDATED*****

8:00 am to 9:30 am                   Foods & garden projects for the Indiana State Fair are to be provided to the Extension Office or as individually scheduled by calling 812-295-2412.





Books are now live at the following address:






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



WHEN:  June 29, 2023

TIME:  6:00 to 8:00 pm

WHERE:  Sugar Creek Sporting Clays & Hunting Preserve

                  2285 Bono Road, Mitchell,  IN  47445

RSVP:  812-279-8117 EXT #3


  • Suitable soils for pond development
  • Fish stocking rates
  • Habitat Management
  • Algae & Aquatic Plant Maintenance


  • Dena Anderson, USDA-NRCS Soil Scientist
  • David Kittaka, IDNR, District Fisheries Biologist
  • Jimmy Ferguson, Aquatic Control and Pond Maintenance Supervisor.

Bring a Chair and a light supper will be provided.  DOOR PRIZES!



4-H began over 100 years ago and has since grown into the largest youth development program in the nation. 4-H prepares young people to be leaders in their community and around the world through hands-on experiences alongside their peers and caring adults. Backed by a network of more than 6 million youth, 540,000 adult volunteers, 3,500 professionals, and more than 60 million alumni, 4-H delivers research-based programming around positive youth development. 4-H is delivered through America’s 109 land-grant universities and the Cooperative Extension Service, reaching every corner of our nation.


In Indiana, 4-H can be found in all 92 counties delivered through Purdue Extension. Community clubs, afterschool programs, school enrichment, camps/workshops, and special interest programs are all ways youth across Indiana can be involved with the 4-H program. The impact of 4-H for life skill development providing college & career pathways is proven.  Volunteer leadership in 4-H provides a part of the critical competencies required for 4-H programming. Thank you to all volunteers! 


We invite all youth, kindergarten to twelfth grade, to join 4-H! The program provides opportunity for all!



In this on demand webinar, hosted by Indiana Forestry & Woodland Owners Association (IFWOA), presenter LeAnne Barta of Indiana Lyme Connect shares strategies for preventing tick bites and discuss the ticks found in Indiana, their life stages, and symptoms of tick-borne illnesses like Lyme disease. Visit this website to watch:


national go fishing day!

National Go Fishing Day on June 18th each year encourages us to drop a line – in the nearest stream, pond, lake, or river. Taking a break from our daily routine to bait a hook and catch some fish can be a relaxing endeavor. 

For more information on this holiday please visit the National Go Fishing Day website.


Help the local food banks at the 4-H Fair, July 7-11. For every 5 pounds of non-perishable food items, one state fair ticket will be given ($14 per ticket value). The tickets are limited, but the need for food is not. Please come out and support the food banks. Cash donations for Fairs Cares Program will also be accepted.




Fair Entry is for all 4-H Exhibitors! It is used for prepping for the county fair, printing project labels, Livestock Show Bills, organizing fair results, and State Fair qualifying entries.  Fair Entry is also used for getting accurate numbers for project displays and stall assignments.  Entering the required information is very important for things to run efficiently!


If you need assistance with Fair Entry, we have devices and assistance available at the Extension Office Monday – Friday 8am- 4pm.  You are also welcome to use Wi-Fi with your own device. We are happy to help and answer any questions. 



WHERE:  Southern Indiana Purdue Ag Center, Dubois, IN

WHEN:  Friday, September 29, 2023 – Beef Focused Program

                Saturday, September 30, 2023 – Sheep & Goat Focused Program


From Ryegate,  MT. Curt Pate uses his personal experience incorporating effective stockmanship principles, supports a “for profit” mindset and focuses on highlighting the increased economic benefits of handling stock correctly.  In addition,  Curt recognizes the growing public scrutiny surrounding livestock production and the impact that improved livestock handling practices create for the sustainability of the cattle industry.





We are excited to announce that the Southwest Purdue Agricultural Center Field Day is scheduled for    June 28, 2023, at the Southwest Purdue Agricultural Center (SWPAC), 4669 N. Purdue Rd. Vincennes, IN.

Purdue researchers and NRCS representatives will present their current research and demonstration projects in fruit and vegetable production conducted at SWPAC. The topics include a cover crop demonstration, high tunnel tomato cultivar evaluation, high tunnel tomato and cucumber disease and insect management, benefits of companion plants, strawberry production, irrigation management, weed management in organic sweet potato, soil health and pepper production, the effect of cover crops on pest and beneficial insects in watermelon production and more! Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from fruit and vegetable production experts.

To register, visit



WHEN:  July 27, 2023

WHERE:  Purdue Student Farm, (

1491 Cherry Lane, West Lafayette, IN  47906


DEMONSTRATIONS: 9:00 – 12:00 noon EST

Food trucks will be on site for those who would like to purchase lunch after demonstrations end. 

QUESTIONS:  Petrus Langenhoven at 765-496-7955 or Lori Jolly-Brown at 765-494-1296

Visit the website listed above for description of demonstrations.



Id-528 When Forages are in Short Supply Because of Drought (


When environmental conditions ae less than ideal, forage production will be reduced.  The most common cause of low forage yield is drought caused by less than average rainfall in the late spring and summer.  Dry weather is often accompanied by high environmental temperatures which accentuate the concern of low rainfall.

Overgrazing is one of the greatest mismanagement issues in forage agriculture and has long term consequences to forage recovery.  Unfortunately, there are no cheap, easy fixes for beef producers who have both short pastures and limited hay supplies.  Good management means producers should develop and implement a strategy that specifies what to do with pastured animals and where winter feed supplies will come from long before the last blade of grass or bale of hay disappears.  If not properly managed, a drought year can affect the bottom line for three years!!! There are options to consider. Proper planning and management can minimize the longer-term economic impact.  Log into the above website to view the options along with helpful management hints.



By: Amanda Bailey Mosiman

Peonies are a common and favored landscape plant in Indiana. Despite their famed attribute of being easy to care for, some annual upkeep will ensure peonies continue to beautifully bloom year after year. Depending on the species and cultivar, peonies will bloom from late spring to early summer. Peonies were traditionally white, blush, pink, and red in color. However, due to breeding, coral, yellow, and patterned peonies can now be found. In addition to a wide variety of colors, blooms also come in a variety of different shapes.  Planting a variety of peonies will extend bloom time and enjoyment. Best time to plant is early fall. Purchase rot free divisions containing 3-4 buds (eyes) and ensure the eyes of the peony aren’t more than 2 inches under the soil line. Smaller divisions may take longer to begin blooming. Peonies fare best in full sun but will tolerate some light shade. Peonies require winter cold to flower so don’t mulch over the winter. Peonies need ample space as flower size can decrease with competition from nearby trees and shrubs; Mulch peonies each spring with 2 – 3 inches of material to control weeds.  Over-fertilizing can also reduce the bloom of your peonies. Too much nitrogen fertilizer will cause the plants to produce a lot of foliage and reduce the number of blooms. Established plants with good growth only need to be fertilized every few years. When fertilizing, do so after they are done blooming and use a balanced fertilizer or one with a higher phosphorous content (middle number). Never apply fertilizer directly on the center as the buds may be damaged. Rather, place the fertilizer in a band from 8 to 18 inches from the center of the plant.  Water the fertilizer in.  After blooming, it’s a good idea to remove flower heads and/or seed pods. This will help the appearance of the plants and also prevent the plant from sending energy into producing seeds. Despite the old wives’ tale, peonies do not need ants to help them flower. Ants are commonly seen on the buds of peonies because of the extrafloral nectaries on their sepals (leaf-like structures that cover the flower before it opens). Familiarize yourself with symptoms of common peony diseases such as leaf blotch, powdery mildew, and different blights.  Take action early to safeguard plant vigor. In the fall, cut peony foliage back to the ground. Compost or discard foliage. This aids in keeping disease development down.  Divide and replant only after they become crowded — usually after 10 to 15 years. Carefully dig under the plant to avoid cutting off roots, cut tubers (with 3-5 eyes) with a sharp sterilized knife. Dust cut surfaces with fungicide to discourage disease infection and rot.


May 31, 2023

Hans Schmitz

Indiana has above average chances to exceed the normal precipitation amounts for June, July, and August according to the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) summer outlook predictions. As Indiana’s climate changes to one with greater chances for drought conditions in the summer and fall seasons, this prediction provides a little relief for people with rainfed plants.

 The CPC is currently predicting the statewide summer precipitation totals to be over one inch of normal amounts for southern Indiana, tapering off to within half an inch of normal for northeastern Indiana. June has equal chances of above or below normal precipitation, so the CPC expects increased rainfall to occur in the later portion of the summer. Around that time, Indiana is expected to begin experiencing the next El Nino, with El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) neutral conditions currently. El Nino conditions do not have a large impact on our summer weather, with most of its impact heating the southeastern United States.

 The total average precipitation (based upon data from 1991-2020) for summer months in Indiana is 12.69 inches, so an inch more precipitation may not seem too significant. However, the trend in Indiana towards increasing rainfall intensity (i.e., isolated heavy rainfall events) means that the odds that additional precipitation causes a flooding event is greater than it has been in the past.

 Unfortunately, CPC precipitation outlooks have not been particularly reliable over the last several months. According to Beth Hall, Indiana State Climatologist, these outlook discrepancies may be due to climate patterns such as ENSO having too much weight within the various climate models.

 “While ENSO can be mathematically associated with certain climate patterns in the Midwest, when coupled with the rapidly evolving climate change patterns the reliability of ENSO influences becomes more uncertain,” Hall said.

 According to the Köppen-Geiger Climate Classification, Indiana has humid and hotter summers, relative to other climates around the world. This summer is predicted to follow the pattern of humid and hot. However, the CPC predicts an equal chance for above or below average temperatures this summer, so variability is likely to occur throughout the season. The Indianapolis airport average maximum temperature for July is 85 degrees Fahrenheit. According to climatology over the last thirty years, all three summer months average above 80 degrees at that site, with average minimum temperatures in the mid-60s. Minimum temperatures are close to maximum temperatures (i.e., the daily temperature range is small) when humidity is high.

 For more information, please contact the Indiana State Climate Office at 765-494-8060 or


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