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Purdue to offer five crop management workshops in January

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Written Thursday, December 08, 2011  

Purdue Extension's Pest Management Program will offer a series of Crop Management Workshops at five Indiana locations in January.

The workshops focus on a variety of disease, insect and weed control strategies, and pesticide regulations.

Topics are selected based on management issues from the previous cropping year, new technologies and questions frequently asked by agribusiness personnel throughout the state. Certification credits for Indiana's Commercial (CCH) and Private (PARP) Pesticide Applicators and Certified Crop Advisers (CEU) will be available.

Credits for Ohio applicators have been requested.

Workshops will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. local time at all five of the following locations:

* Jan. 23: Porter County Expo Center, 215 Division Road, Valparaiso.

* Jan. 24: Wells County Community Center, 1240 S. 4-H Road, Bluffton.

* Jan. 25: Holiday Inn, 2480 Jonathan Moore Pike, Columbus.

* Jan. 26: Huntingburg Event Center, 110 E. 14th St., Huntingburg.

* Jan. 27: Beck Agricultural Center, 4540 U.S. 52 W., West Lafayette.

Topics are:

* "I'm from the government and I'm here to help you. No, really I am!" by Joe Becovitz, pesticide program specialist for the Office of the Indiana State Chemist.

* "What's new in the world of weeds?" by Bill Johnson, Purdue Extension weed scientist.

* "Field crop insect control with eyes closed: Revisiting IPM" by Purdue Extension entomologists Christian Krupke and John Obermeyer.

* "Tank mix additives: How they work" by Johnson.

* "Crop diseases: Changing conditions and moving targets" by Kiersten Wise, Purdue Extension plant pathologist.

* "Some thoughts on managing corn for the apocalypse of 2012 and beyond" by Bob Nielsen, Purdue Extension corn specialist.

* "The history and the future of soybeans: Genetics or management?" by Shaun Casteel, Purdue Extension soybean specialist.

* "A little inaccuracy, perhaps a ton of explanation" by Fred Whitford, director of Purdue Pesticide Programs.

Registration is $75 per person and includes lunch and a copy of the 2012 Corn and Soybean Field Guide. Seating at all locations is limited, so participants should register in advance. More information is available at http://www.conf.purdue.edu/crop

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