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Rain Forces SEPAC Field Day Changes

Rain Forces SEPAC Field Day Changes
Heavy deluge leaves soils too saturated to work.

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Rain or no rain, the show must go on; Some 6 inches of rain in southeast Indiana last week means that tile installation, formation of a wetland and other activities scheduled for the SEPAC field day later this work must be postponed. However, the field day itself will continue.

Don Biehle, superintendent of the Southeast Purdue Ag Center near Butlerville says that it will simply be too wet to tile, and also too wet to do field work related to soil conservation activities.

"We're still going to host the meeting, and have equipment available to look at," says Don Biehle, superintendent of the SEPAC farm. Instead of demonstrations, those blocks of time originally set aside for observations in the field will be devoted to educations sessions, Biehle says. So as far as time is concerned, the schedule remains the same. It's just that there won't be actual work going on.

Biehle hopes farmers will take the time to come and learn about the ins and outs of tiling, and what soil conservation measures did f their farm. The bulk acres on the Sepac program are no-tilled. Biehle has practiced no-till for several years. Former agronomist Don Griffith was instrumental in proving that no-tilled, drilled soybeans would work there. No-till drilled soybeans, and more recently, no-tilled soybeans planted with a planter in 15 inch rows have become dominant in southeastern Indiana.

The tiling and conservation work that was planned but now postponed will still happen, just at a later date once soils settle down and allow both tiling and dirt grading to be done under suitable conditions. Biehle will send out word so anyone who might be interested has a chance to attend when the actual work is done.

Don't let lack of field activity keep you away from the event on Dec 14 and 15, however. Biehle promises it will be educational. If you have questions, you can contact Biehle at 812-458-6977. You can also contact him if you have other questions about the upcoming field day.

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