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Timely topics highlight annual Purdue Crops Field Day

Learn information you need for this year, plus help celebrate 70 years of crop research progress at Purdue.

Tom J Bechman 1, Editor, Indiana Prairie Farmer

August 9, 2019

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SPECIAL PLACE: Come back to a place special for crops research for the past 70 years. The Purdue Agronomy Farm, now known as ACRE, also marks the beginning of the prairie in Indiana, commemorated with an acre of restored prairie.

Come home to the place where important discoveries in crop research have been made for 70 years and counting. Learn about topics for moving forward out of a tough year, and see what the future might hold. You can do all this by attending the annual Crops Field Day at the Agronomic Center for Research and Education located just west of West Lafayette, Ind., on U.S. 52 on Sept. 5.

In in the early days, the center was known simply as the Purdue Agronomy Farm. This year’s field day is a reunion of sorts, says Andrew Westfall, White County Extension ag educator and one of the organizers of the tour. The afternoon program will serve as a celebration of agriculture, he notes, recognizing 70 years of agronomic progress at the farm, now better known as ACRE, and honoring Purdue’s “150 years of giant leaps” at the same time.

The morning session will be filled with topics pertinent to this unusual season. Jason Henderson, director of Extension, and Karen Plaut, Purdue College of Agriculture dean, will welcome guests at 8 a.m. Eastern time. Beth Hall, state climatologist, will provide a weather update, followed by tours of a variety of learning stations.

Topics will include learning more from ummanned aerial vehicles, a field crop update for 2019, lessons on drainage tile installation from two Purdue ag center superintendents, an update on hemp production, and a discussion on worker safety around forage crops.

Lunch will be provided. Nathanael Thompson, Purdue Extension ag economist, will provide insights on marketing, basis, market carry and returns to storage for the 2019 crop.

The field day is sponsored by the Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Soybean Marketing Council. The event is free, but registration is required. Visit

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Tom J Bechman 1

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