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Purdue experts and ISDA offer advice to farmers intending to replant

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Written Thursday, June 19, 2008  

Purdue Extension experts and the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, with sponsorship from the Indiana Corn Marketing Association and the Indiana Soybean Alliance, have joined forces to assist farmers with technical assistance relating to the recent floods. The group will host a call-in forum on Friday, June 20 at 8 a.m. (Eastern) to provide technical assistance to crop farmers. Technical advice will focus specifically on recovering and replanting flooded fields.

Lt. Governor Becky Skillman will open the call with the state’s perspective and relief efforts to date. This will be followed by technical advice to farmers from a panel of Purdue Extension Specialists including Bob Nielsen (corn and sorghum), Ellsworth Christmas (soybeans and wheat), Keith Johnson (forages), Greg Shaner (disease management), Bill Johnson (weeds and herbicides), and Tony Vyn (tillage management). Advice is targeted to those farmers intending to replant flooded fields this crop year.

Farmers, and those working with farmers on crop production decisions, are invited to participate in the forum by calling toll-free 1-800-270-4682. There is no phone charge to participants. Farmers are encouraged to call in on their cell phones if they are working in fields.

For those unable to participate the forum will be recorded and will be available on both the ISDA ( http://www.isda.in.gov ) and Purdue Extension ( http://www.extension.purdue.edu/eden/disastertopics/floodstorms/index.html ) Web sites following the call.

Who: Lt. Governor Becky Skillman, Purdue Extension experts in replanting flooded fields, and Indiana State Department of Agriculture officials

What: call-in forum on recovering and replanting flooded fields

When: Friday, June 20 at 8 a.m. (Eastern)

Where: toll-free 1-800-270-4682


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