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Mike Shuter 'happy to be here' at Purdue ag alumni event

Mike Shuter 'happy to be here' at Purdue ag alumni event
Frankton farmer and recognized state ag group leader beats health ordeal.

Corn and soybean growers alike will recognize Mike Shuter. He's served in leadership roles, and spent a term as president of the Indiana Corn Marketing Council, the organization that determines how corn checkoff dollars collected in the state are spent.

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Glad to be here! After serious health issues Mike Shuter was glad he could attend the Purdue Ag Fish Fry to accept his Certificate of Distinction award.

He's also recognized in no-till circles. He's well known for modifying his equipment, especially planters, to meet his needs on his typically somewhat poorly drained soils in Madison County. Despite his soils he has made no-till work well. Now he's making cover crops work too, helping build up soil health. He's also an innovator in figuring out how to apply cover crops. He focuses on applying cover crops like annual ryegrass and more in early September or even earlier, using a high clearance rig to seed them in to standing crops. He has even developed a business around cover crops, especially cover crop equipment, featuring quick ways to convert a sprayer to a cover crop seeder.

Shuter is also well known in the beef industry. He and his family have maintained a Red Poll beef herd for decades, and have garnered various awards in the Red Poll breed at various shows around the country.

During the Purdue Ag Alumni Fish Fry, he became someone more people will recognize. He received the Certificate of Distinction award, the highest award given by the Purdue Ag Alumni. He was one of six recipients who received the award this year.

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What made Shuter's appearance at the Fish Fry more amazing was that he suffered serious health issues involving hospitalization and a long recovery time, beginning this past December. On the road to recovery, he made it known to the Fish Fry crowd that he was not only happy to be at the Fish Fry, he was just happy to be anywhere! Close calls with health put things in a different perspective.

If you want to contact him about his cover crop business and the equipment he can provide, contact him at: Shuter Sunset Farms at 765-208-2422, cell, or 765-754-7370.

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