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Written Thursday, December 16, 2010  

Crop producers and agribusiness professionals will receive training on a variety of disease, insect and weed control strategies and pesticide regulations at Purdue Extension's Crop Management Workshops in January.

"The topics at this year's meetings are adapted from the 2010 cropping year and cover new technologies and answer questions that were frequently asked by agribusiness personnel," said Extension entomologist John Obermeyer.

The workshops, at five sites in Indiana, also will offer certification credits for Indiana's commercial (CCH) and private (PARP) pesticide applicators and Certified Crop Advisers (CEU). Credits for Ohio and Michigan applicators also have been requested.

Purdue Extension cropping specialists will cover the following topics:

* "Straight Poop About the New Fertilizer Applicator and Distributor Rule," by Joe Becovitz, pesticide program specialist at the Purdue-based Office of the Indiana State Chemist and Seed Commissioner.

* "2011 Weed Management Update," by Bill Johnson, weed scientist.

* "Insect Pests and Bt Corn: The Challenges Continue," by Obermeyer and entomologist Christian Krupke.

* "Arrested Ears: The 2009-2010 Story," by Corey Gerber, director of Purdue's Crop Diagnostic Training and Research Center.

* "Predicting the Future of Disease Management in Field Crops," by plant pathologist Kiersten Wise.

* "Growin' Good Corn: Rocket Science or Common Sense?" by Bob Nielsen, corn specialist.

* "Game On: Bringing it All Together," by Gerber.

* "Abuse It and Lose It: How to Stay Hitched," by Fred Whitford, coordinator of the Purdue Pesticide Program.

At all five of the following locations, workshops will run 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.:

* Jan. 24: Potawatomi Inn and Conference Center at Pokagon State Park, 6 Lane 100 A Lake James, Angola

* Jan. 25: Lake Placid Conference Center, 397 S. 200 E., Hartford City.

* Jan. 26: Maxim Events (behind Fiddlers Three), 1415 E. Michigan Road, Shelbyville.

* Jan. 27: Vincennes University Robert E. Green Activities Center, 120 W. Harrison St., Vincennes.

* Jan. 28: Beck Agricultural Center at the Purdue Agronomy Center for Research and Education, 4540 U.S. 52 W., West Lafayette.

Registration is $75 per person and includes lunch and a copy of the 2011 Corn and Soybean Field Guide. Seating is limited at all locations, so participants are encouraged to register early. Information and registration options are available at http://www.conf.purdue.edu/crop

Contact Obermeyer with questions at 765-494-4563, obe@purdue.edu

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