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Ag and health issues to be addressed at Pinney-Purdue Field Day

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Written Tuesday, August 11, 2009  

The 2009 Pinney-Purdue Field Day to be held Aug. 19 near Wanatah, Ind., will update Hoosier crop growers about controlling insects -- especially soybean aphids and western bean cutworm -- and weeds, fungicide use, on-farm energy efficiency programs and more.

“Participants will have an opportunity to get the latest information on agricultural production issues, a health and hearing screening and a great pork chop lunch, all while networking with neighbors and other producers,” said Eugene Matzat, Purdue Extension educator in LaPorte County and field day co-coordinator.

The day will begin at 7:30 a.m. CDT with registration and a health fair, which includes a $45 health screening that’s valued at $450, and a free hearing screening. Registration for the hearing screening can be done on site.

The health fair will run from 7:30-10:30 a.m. CDT. For individuals who want to participate in the health screening, pre-registration is recommended and can be done by calling 219-836-5799. Participants in the health screening are asked to fast for 8-12 hours prior to testing. Other health tests are available for an additional, but discounted fee. The health fair is sponsored by the Northwest Territory Resource Conservation and Development and health screenings will be conducted by Health Diagnostics of NWI.

The program and tours will begin at 8:30 a.m. CDT and last until lunch. Topics and speakers include:

* Weed issues in corn and soybeans by Bill Johnson, Purdue Extension weed management expert.

* Field crops insect update by Christian Krupke, Purdue Extension field crops entomologist.

* Nitrogen fertilization and other stories from the field by Bob Nielsen, Purdue Extension corn management specialist.

* Properly securing a truck and trailer load demonstration by Fred Whitford, Purdue Pesticides Program coordinator.

* Fungicide use on corn and disease issues in corn and soybeans by Kiersten Wise, Purdue Extension plant pathologist.

* Foliar applications on soybeans by Ryan Henry, Purdue graduate student in the Botany and Plant Pathology Department.

* On-farm energy efficiency programs and opportunities by Chad Martin, Purdue Extension renewable energy specialist.

Lunch will be served at 12:30 CDT with comments from Jay Akridge, Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture. Chris Hurt, Purdue Extension agricultural economist, will discuss crop economics in a recovering economy at 12:45 p.m. CDT.

For individuals who can’t make the field day, a twilight program will be held from 6-8 p.m. CDT. Glenn Nice, a Purdue weed scientist, will speak about weed issues in corn and soybeans. Following Nice, Krupke will give an insect update and Whitford will demonstrate how to properly secure a truck and trailer load.

Matzat said that growers who attend either the field day or the twilight program will walk away with an understanding of the current cropping issues and know where they can get access to timely information.

“The field day is a one-stop shop for corn and soybean growers in the region,” he said.

Those needing continuing education credits for their Private Pesticide Applicator licenses can fulfill one-third of their obligation at the field day or twilight program. A $10 fee will be charged for PARP credits. Those with Commercial Pesticide Applicator licenses and Certified Crop Advisors also can acquire needed continuing education hours.

A brochure is available at http://www.extension.purdue.edu/LaPorte/agnr.htm or http://www.extension.purdue.edu/anr/2009.htm#aug . For questions and additional information, contact the Purdue Extension Office in LaPorte County at 219-324-9407.

The Pinney-Purdue Agricultural Center is located at 11402 S. County Line Rd, just west of Wanatah on US 30.

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