The Central Indiana Field Day was planned no matter how this season turned out, but expect the historic planting delays and the consequences to be front and center during the field day. It’s slated for July 23 at the Roseburg Event Center in Marion.
Corey Roser, Extension educator in Miami County, is helping coordinate the event. Roser says the field day begins at 8 a.m. EDT and runs until 2 p.m. Registration is requested. Register by July 19 at Extension offices in any of the nine counties participating in the event.
The nine sponsoring counties are Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Fulton, Grant, Howard, Miami, Tipton and Wabash. Coincidentally, these are some of the counties where planting delays were most severe and where a sizable amount of prevented planting acreage could be filed.
Bruce Kettler, director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, will be the keynote speaker for the event. However, a host of speakers will delve into a variety of timely topics, offering information you can take back home and use.
Purdue University’s Klein Ileleji will discuss storing grain after harvest and what it takes to manage it properly.
Austin Pearson and Mark Carter, both Extension educators, will demonstrate how unmanned aerial vehicles can be used to improve production. Both have been working with quadcopters and helping others learn how to use drones over the past year.
John Scott, digital ag Extension coordinator, will show how to use field data collected about soybeans through precision agriculture techniques to enhance crop management.
Expect topics to home in on this season when John Obermeyer, Purdue entomologist, talks about his research and insects. Michael Langemeier, a Purdue Extension ag economist, will discuss current land values and cash rents, with an eye on the upcoming land rental season this fall.
Bob Nielsen and Jim Camberato, Purdue Extension agronomists, will zero in on management practices for corn and nutrients for the rest of the season and into next year.
Marcello Zimmer, a weed program specialist at Purdue, will provide an update on weed control.
Expect other relevant topics to be discussed as related to this season. Credits for certain programs, including the Pesticide Applicator Recertification Program, will be offered, Roser concludes.