The field day season for the Purdue University farms outlying research centers kicks off early, with the first one Tuesday evening, July 1 at the Southeast Purdue Ag Center near Butlerville in Jennings County. Jerry Fankhauser, Director of outlying research farms for Purdue, says it should be a good field day, with new information coming from research conducted at the site.
The field day starts with registration at 3 p.m. at SEPAC. Three one-hour sessions make up the tour. Dinner and Extension displays will run from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with Fred Whitford speaking after dinner. Whitford is the Purdue University Extension Pesticide Programs coordinator, and a sought-after speaker. Even if his topic is serious, you will remember it because somewhere in the presentation, there is bound to be humor and laughter.
Actual sessions begin at 3:30 p.m. EDT. Shaun Casteel, columnist who writes Soybean Success in Indiana Prairie Farmer magazine, and Purdue Extension soybean specialist, will talk about soybean topics. His comments will include his views on starter fertilizer and population research with soybeans, plus an update on the general condition and stage of development of soybeans across the state.
Bob Nielsen, Purdue Extension corn specialist, will talk next. His topic is corn yield responses to seeding rates and nitrogen fertilizer rates. Nielsen and Jim Camberato, Purdue Extension soil fertility specialist, have been conducting both on-farm and university trials on N rates in different parts of Indiana now for almost a decade. He has information which shows that target N rates for maximum economic yield vary considerably depending upon where in Indiana that you farm.
Eileen Kladivko, a long-time Extension specialist who has worked with projects at SEPAC for many years, concludes the topic portion of the program. She will talk about a red-hot topic – soil health. Expect her to discuss what soil health truly means, why it is important, and how you can improve spoil health on your own farm. See you Tuesday evening in Jennings County.