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Written Tuesday, August 03, 2010  

The Northeast Purdue Agricultural Center in Columbia City will host a field day to share practical knowledge with farmers on Aug. 19.

"Every year, Purdue Extension educators from northeast Indiana coordinate and plan the event," said Ed Farris, Extension educator of agriculture and natural resources. "We try to bring up topics that are current and of interest with our clientele."

Workshop sessions will cover pest scouting and control strategies in northern Indiana, updates for corn and soybean weed management, corn and soybean disease issues of 2010, and managing grain bin aeration and grain drying issues.

Experts from Purdue will speak, and there will be a report from the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. A Private Applicator Recertification Program regulatory topic also will be discussed.

"The best thing is that it is an opportunity in this part of the state to hear directly from a number of specialists from campus and to be a part of a Purdue research station. It's important that farmers take some time to hear updates so they can improve their operations," Farris said.

Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the program starts at 8:30 a.m. The last session ends at 1:15 p.m. The center is at 4821 E. 400 South, Columbia City.

Contact the Huntington County Extension office at 260-358-4826 by Aug. 16 to pre-register. There is no fee to attend, and lunch will be provided with support from several area businesses. Continuing education credits for the Private Applicator Recertification Program will be available for $10.  Farmers are reminded to bring their pesticide applicator cards for registration. Commercial applicator and crop advisor recertification credits also will be available.


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