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Written Tuesday, June 13, 2006  

An upcoming pest and crop training day provides hands-on experience and continuing education for southeastern Indiana farmers.

The June 22 event takes place at the Southeast-Purdue Agricultural Center (SEPAC), near Butlerville, Ind. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with sessions continuing until 4 p.m. Concurrent sessions run from 8:30-10:30 a.m. and from 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

The program includes a plot walk that covers fertilizer rate differences, conventional versus no-till, plant population differences and plant responses to different herbicide treatments.

Other sessions include the following:

* Shawn Conley, Purdue Extension soybean specialist, who will discuss the basics of soybean scouting, soybean growth and development, and seed treatments. He also will give a soybean rust update.

* John Obermeyer, Purdue integrated pest management supervisor, who will speak about basic insect scouting techniques, soybean and corn insects, seed treatments and determining treatment thresholds.

* Bill Johnson, Purdue Extension weed specialist, who will cover basic weed scouting and identification, treatment thresholds and weed control in a Roundup Ready system.

* Bob Nielson, Purdue Extension corn specialist, who will explain the basics of corn scouting, seed corn growth and development, as well as nitrogen management.

A maximum of six Continuing Credit Hours (CCHs) are available for completing the program, as well as comparable credits for Certified Crop Advisers. More information about CCHs and an application form can be found at the Indiana Certified Crop Adviser Web site at http://www.indianacca.org/calendar/CalendarDisplay.asp .

Registration for the training day is $75 and is due by Thursday (6/15) at the Purdue Extension Office in Ripley County, 525 W. Beech St., Osgood, Ind. 47037. Checks should be made payable to the Ripley County CES Fund. The registration fee includes lunch and refreshments.

For more information and a registration form, contact David Osborne at (812) 689-6511 or by e-mail at osbornda@purdue.edu.

SEPAC is located at 4425 E. County Road 350 N, just northwest of Butlerville in Jennings County. A map is available online at http://www.agriculture.purdue.edu/pac/sepac/map.html .

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