The late harvest season translated into playing catch up on moving grain and doing shop work. Even if you still feel like you're a month behind, take time to attend one of Purdue's Crop management workshops during the last week of this month. Spring 2010 will arrive on schedule, ready or not, and these workshops offer a great way to prepare for the season.
They're designed with both farmers and commercial applicators in mind, notes John Obermeyer, a Purdue University entomologist who helped put together this year's series of workshops. If you're needing meetings to attend to keep your pesticide applicator's license current, here's a great opportunity.
Fred Whitford, Purdue Pesticides program director, will discuss a topic that doesn't get the play it likely deserves- how important it is to use clean water when preparing spray mixes. He'll advocate monitoring water quality because of its potential effect upon pesticide performance.
That's only one of a series of topics that will be discussed in layman's terms during this workshop. You'll get the latest on changes in federal containment rules, learn about weed resistance issues and also get the latest herbicide updates and 2010 recommendations from the weed control staff at Purdue.
Rootworm control in today's setting will get some play, as will ways to protect both corn and soybean seed from nematode problems. Bob Nielsen will discuss potential stress factors on corn, and Shaun Casteel, a new member of Purdue's state Extension team, will get down to basics talking about planting techniques and more related to getting soybeans off to a good start.
It's perfect timing to discuss diseases and their effects on crops, plus what can be done about them, following last year's disease issues, particularly in corn. Kiersten Wise, Purdue Extension plant pathologist, will be leading discussion on this topic while it's fresh on everyone's mind.
The Jan 25 sessions at Winona Lake and Jan 29 workshop at West Lafayette are full. However, there's still room at Madison County on Jan 26, Columbus on Jan 27 and Ferdinand on Jan 28. Registration is $75 per person. Each registrant will get the 2010 edition of the Purdue Corn and Soybean Field Guide.
Visit www.conf.purdue.edu/crop to register, or to find the conference brochure so you can check it out more completely. Pre-registration is recommended since space is limited.