Purdue Extension, Delaware County
Delaware County Ag News
Michael O’Donnell, Extension Educator, ANR
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Farming for Soil Health
Tri-County Field Day - Building Soil Health - June 25
A Tri-County Field Day (Delaware-Blackford-Randolph) will be hosted at the Paul Russell Farm in Eaton, IN on Tuesday, June 25 from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM, with registration starting at 8:00 AM. The Paul Russell Farm is located at 3500 E CR 700 N, Eaton, IN 47338. Throughout the day, Purdue Extension and NRCS experts will speak about issues affecting farmers. Speakers and topics include:
• Barry Fisher, NRCS - Managing your soils to improve fertility
• Fred Whitford, Purdue Extension - “What’s in your spray tank?”
• Keith Johnson, Purdue Extension - Cover crops as livestock forage
• Scot Haley, NRCS - Soil pit discussion
• Barry Fisher, NRCS - No-till planter set up and trouble shooting
The field day is an approved Pesticide Applicator Recertification Program (PARP); bring your private applicator license and cash or check to cover the $10 fee if you need PARP credit. Continuing Certification Hours (CCHs) for commercial applicators are also available (category 1, 3b, 11, 14, RT). The program is hosted by the Soil & Water Conservation Districts for Delaware, Blackford, and Randolph Counties, Purdue Extension, and USDA-NRCS. Lunch will be provided. Registration is free, but required by June 20. For more information about the program, and to register, please contact Michael O’Donnell at (765) 747-7732 or email@example.com.
Program flyer and announcment can be downloaded here: http://www3.ag.purdue.edu/counties/delaware/Brochures/TriCountyFieldDay2013-Combined_rev00.pdf
Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative (CCSI) - Latest News
Check out the latest news on the CCSI Mentoring Program and 12 Indiana "hub" farmers. The mentoring program is designed to put Indiana producers in touch with mentors and/or consultants for individual technical assistance to help implement conservation proactices recognized as beneficial through CCSI. If you're interested in getting involved with the CCSI mentoring program, contact Michael O'Donnell at firstname.lastname@example.org or (765) 747-7732, or Lisa Holscher at email@example.com for more information.
CCSI Announces Conservation Mentoring Program for Farmers
12 Farmers Will be Key Components to CCSI's 3-Year Investigative Project
Private Applicator Recertification Program
New Fertilizer Regulations
Do you use or distribute fertilizer material (commercial fertilizer or manure) for the purposes of producing an agricultural crop? Do you apply more than 10 cubic yards or 4,000 gallons of these materials each year (this amounts to approximately 3 pickup truck loads)? If you answered yes to these questions, and haven't yet familiarized yourself with the New Fetilizer Regulations (full compliance started on February 16), then please check out an article on the regulations in the March Newsletter.
Tri-County Field Day
The Tri-County Field Day on June 25 is an approved PARP (see above for details). Please bring your PA license and $10 cash or check to cover the PARP fee. Register by June 20 by contacting Michael O'Donnell at firstname.lastname@example.org or (765) 747-7732.
You can check out the PARP events calendar (http://btny.agriculture.purdue.edu/parpevents/) for a listing of programs offered statewide. Applicators can also call 800-319-3090 and listen to a recorded message of upcoming programs.
Clean Sweep Pesticide Disposal - Dates and locations set for 2013
The Clean Sweep Pesticide Disposal Project is a great way for you to properly dispose of suspended, canceled, banned, unusable, opened, unopened, or simply unwanted pesticides. Best part of the disposal project is that its FREE up to 250 pounds per participant (over 250 pounds a $2/pound charge applies). Please dispose of these unwanted pesticides in a legally and environmentally appropriate manner - take advantage of this FREE disposal project.
Dates and locations for the 2013 disposal project are as follows:
Aug. 14 - Boone Co Fairgrounds
Aug. 15 - Vanderburgh Co Fairgrounds
Aug. 20 - Miami Co Fairgrounds
Aug. 21 - Bartholomew Co Fairgrounds
Aug. 22 - Clark Co Fairgrounds
For more details, and to download the planning form, visit the following website: http://www.isco.purdue.edu/pesticide/pest_pdf/2013_clean_sweep_form.pdf
Questions about the project should be directed to Kevin Neal at email@example.com or (765) 494-1585.
2013 Davis Purdue Ag Center (DPAC) Annual Field Day - Mark Your Calendar
Mark your calendars for the 2013 DPAC Field Day! This popular annual field day will be held on Tuesday, August 27 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at DPAC, 6230 North State Road 1, Farmland, IN. The tentative schedule of topics includes: herbicide demonstration plots in corn and soybeans, manure management research, fertilizer applicator regulations, insecticide residues and honey bees, and and climate change and agriculture. Private and Commercial Pesticide Applicator Credits, and Certified Crop Advisor CEUs will be available. The day will include a free health fair for those in attendance. Lunch is also provided.
Hoosier Harvest Market - Now OPEN for Business
The Hoosier Harvest Market, formerly known as the Central Indiana Food Hub, officially opened for business on May 31. Producers from East Central Indiana, including Delaware County, are selling product through this exciting, new virtual food hub. Read the full press release detailing the market's grand opening:
The HHM "connects Indiana food producers with Indiana consumers for locally grown food products." To learn more about the virtual food hub, and to sign up as a buyer and/or producer, visit the Hoosier Harvest Market website: http://www.hoosierharvestmarket.com/
For more information, contact the market manager, Michael Morrow, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Small Farm and Sustainable Ag (SARE)
Watch for updates on programs and resources offered by the Purdue Extension Small Farm and Sustainable Ag Team in the next edition of Delaware County Ag News.
Indiana Small Farm Conference
Be sure to mark your calendar for the 2nd Annual Indiana Small Farm Conference scheduled for February 21-22, 2014. Keep up to date with the Purdue Extension Small Farm and Sustainable Agriculture (SARE) Team here: https://ag.purdue.edu/Extension/smallfarms/Pages/default.aspx
Presentations from the 1st Annual Indiana Small Farm Conference (2013) can be downloaded here: https://ag.purdue.edu/Extension/smallfarms/Pages/conference_2013.aspx
Urban Ag Symposium - 1st Annual Muncie event a success!
Purdue Extension, Delaware County partened with Urban Gardening Initiative, Ball State CAP, Muncie Action Plan, and Minnetrista to host the 1st Annual Urban Ag Symposium in Muncie on April 20. The event was quite a success with capacity and overflow crowds attending educational sessions throughout the day. Presentations and panel discussions focused on (re)developing urban agriculture and local foods systems in Muncie:
- BSU students gave presentations on food production strategies for Muncie Neighborhoods and brownfield reuse.
- Michael O'Donnell, Purdue Extension, Delaware County, gave a presentation on gardening in urban settings, soil testing, and dealing with soil contaminants
- Sara Stewart, founder and director of the Unity Gardens in South Bend, provided the keynote address, giving a motivational talk about the history, mission, and future vision of the Unity Gardens
- Panel discussions on urban / backyard poultry and building local food systems were held in the afternoon.
Muncie was recognized nationally during the first half of the 20th century for its network of community gardens (think war gardens, victory gardens), which played a big role in employing and feeding the jobless and hungry during the Depression. An article published in the Star Press gives a nice summary of this history and overview of the Urban Ag Symposium: Community gardening builds equality, solidarity
Another Star article provides a summary of the poultry panel discussion, which included representatives from DCHD, Muncie Animal Shelter, a local veterinarian, and urban poultry proponents: Should Muncie welcome chickens?
If you have questions about the event, interest in community gardening and urban agriculture, or a desire to get started with gardening, please contact Michael O'Donnell at email@example.com or (765) 747-7732, or Jason Donati, President of MDCB (parent organization of Urban Gardening Initiative), at firstname.lastname@example.org
Food Safety for Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Growers and Distributors
The Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) of 2011 requires the FDA to draft new rules aimed at reducing the risk of food contamination. The proposed rulemaking is open for public comment through September 16, 2013:
If you are a produce grower, and don't know if you will be covered under the Standards for Produce Safety of the current draft of the FSMA, step through a flow chart on coverage and exemption/exclusions
on the following FDA page:
What You Need to Know: Proposed Rule on Standards for Produce Safety Under the FDA FSMAhttp://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ucm334554.htm
Even if you are exempt from these regulations, you are never exempt from liability
. All produce growers should continuously strive to meet or exceed best practices (GAPs) in food safety. GAPs, or Good Agricultural Practices, is a set of best agricultural practices used in the production, packing, handling, and storage of fresh fruits, vegetables, and nuts in order to minimize risks of microbial food safety hazards.
Learn more about GAPs:http://www.gaps.cornell.edu/Educationalmaterials/Samples/FSBFEngMED.pdf http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/GAPGHPAuditVerificationProgram
Michael O'Donnell is working with the Purdue Extension Food Safety Team to develop programs and resources for growers to implement common sense food safety practicies and best practices (GAPs). These efforts apply to growers ranging from home and community gardeners to farmers market vendors to large-scale commercial produce growers. Please contact Michael at email@example.com
or (765) 747-7732 to learn more about produce safety on your farm or garden, and to communicate any specific needs that you feel should be addressed by the Purdue Extension Food Safety Team.
Climate Change and Agriculture
Mark your calendar!
Otto Doering, Professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University, and former Director of the Purdue Climate Change Research Center, will be speaking on the topic of Climate Change and Agriculture at the 2013 DPAC Field day on August 27 (see above).
Fungicides for Field Crops - New publication, and word of caution
A new publication, Fungicides for Field Crops (ID-455), designed to help farmers make fungicide-related decisions is now available through The Education Store for $19. Read more about the new publication here:
However, there is a unique risk associated with the use of fungicides in crop production, as discussed in a recent edition of Kentucky Pest News (KPN). Does Fungicide Use in Plants PromoteResistance to Antifungal Drugs in HumanPathogensDoes Fungicide Use in Plants PromoteResistance to Antifungal Drugs in HumanPathogensPaul Vincelli, Extension Plant Pathologist with Universtiy of Kentucky Extension, explains a potential consequence of using fungicides in plant production in an article titled Does Fungicide Use in Plants Promote Resistance to Antifungal Drugs in Human Pathogens:
"There is an emerging body of research suggesting a risk that plant pathologists and agriculturalists may have not fully appreciated: that the use of fungicides for plant disease control may increase the risk of drug resistance in fungi that attack humans."
Check out the May 21 issue of KPN to learn more:
Interested in On-Farm Research?
Partner with Purdue Extension, Delaware County, to support Purdue Ag research and move ag productivity, profitability, and sustainability forward in Indiana. We can work with existing on-farm research protocols, or propose our own research projects. Info on the 2013 soybean survey is found below. On-farm research is not exclusive to agronomic production - horticultural crops grown at any scale, for example, can implement on-farm research projects.
2013 Purdue Extension Soybean Field Survey
Soybean fields representing a range of soil types, tillage management, and row spacings will be scouted three times during the growing season (early, mid, and late). Data will be collected by walking a "W" pattern through the field. Early season scouting includes soil samples for fertility and soybean cyst nematode (SCN), plant stand counts, relative weed pressure, and row width. Mid season includes leaf samples for nutritional content, relative weed pressure, disease presence, and insect presence. Late season is a disease scouting trip with plant samples taken if there are signs/symptoms of disease.
The window of opportunity for getting involved with the soybean survey for the 2013 season is quickly closing. Contact Michael O’Donnell at (765) 747-7732 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to discuss other on-farm research possibilities. Planning for the 2014 season can begin at any time. Visit the Purdue Collaborative On-Farm Research website, http://www.agry.purdue.edu/ext/ofr/ for more information.
Need Help with Weed Control Strategies and Fertility Management in Field Crops?
Using Your Water Quality Test Results To Determine How Much AMS To Add To Your Spray Mixture
Fred Whitford, Purdue Pesticide Program, will be discussing the importance of water quality in your spray mixtures at the Tri-County Field Day. More details on the program are provided above
Sulfur deficiency in corn
Palmer Amaranth Biology, Identification, and Management in Indiana
Although glyphosate-resistant Palmer Amaranth is of main concern in the northwest part of the state, we should all be diligiently scouting fields for this superweed.
The mosquitos are biting this spring... ALOT. If you're spending time outdoors in the garden or woods, take care to keep mosquitos and ticks at bay. The EPA Pesticde website has a nice search tool to find repellents that work for your situation. Check out the search tool here: http://cfpub.epa.gov/oppref/insect/#searchform
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Grazing 102 Program
Southern Indiana Purdue Ag Center (SIPAC)
11371 East Purdue Farm Road, Dubois, IN 47527
Reservations for the training are available through the Purdue Extension - Dubois County office, with fees being $50.00, with $25.00 for each additional person. Full details and mailing address for registration are available here.
For additional information contact Jason Tower at 812-678-4427 or email@example.com
81st Annual Indiana Farm Management Tour
Clinton County (various locations)
Farm Management Tour 2013
Please pre-register by Wednesday, June 19: http://www.agecon.purdue.edu/commercialag/progevents/tour.html or by calling 765-494-4310.
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Do you have suggestions for Agriculture and Natural Resources programming in Delaware County? Please contact Michael O’Donnell at (765) 747-7732 or firstname.lastname@example.org to share your thoughts and feedback.