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Why This Farmer Attends Purdue Weed Day

Big event is tomorrow at Purdue Agronomy Research Center.

Chris Mann and his family, Cloverdale, operate White Oak Farms and farm several thousand acres each year. Yet Mann attends the Purdue Weed Day whenever seasonal timing allows him to do so. Thought to be a more technical review of herbicide plots, geared toward chemical reps and the like, that's one reason why Mann goes.

"I like talking to people who know about weed control," he says. "Weed control is very important to any farm operation. The Purdue Weed Day is a good place to see what's coming, and to talk to people who know a lot about weed control."

This year's event begins at 9 a.m. EDT tomorrow (Tuesday, July 7), at Purdue University's Agronomy Center, also known as ACRE. It's located about three miles west of West Lafayette along US Highway 52, and is home to one of Purdue's latest additions, the Beck Ag center. It also hosts the Purdue Diagnostic Training Clinic, which uses Beck Ag Center for some of its training activities.

As usual, hundreds of corn, popcorn and soybean plots will be on display. Participants can take a bus to the site, then walk through the plots on their own. Specialists will make timely explanations and comments along the route. Tom Bauman, long-time Purdue weed control specialist, once again coordinates the plots, and the field day. The plots will be signed. Those signs are typically left up for at least two weeks following the field day so that those who couldn't attend, but who happen to be in the area later, can stop and walk through on their own.

With several new combination products coming on the market to augment weed control with glyphosate, especially in corn, this would be an interesting year to attend. There are also some new chemistry finally headed down the pipeline, which was barren for a long time after Roundup-Ready soybeans changed the face of weed control and drove several companies from the market.

There's also an afternoon section to the program for those who want to attend. It takes place at the Throckmorton Research Center, located about 10 miles south of Lafayette on US 231, just a couple miles north of Romney and Ag Alumni Foundation Seeds.

Box lunches will be provided for those who pre-register. You can register online at: Or you can contact Amy7 Deitrich at 765-494-9871 to register.

For more details about what you might see on the tour and who will be presenting talks, or which subjects will be covered, contact Bauman at 765-494-4625. You can email him at: [email protected].

Plenty of time will be available during the day to talk to any specialist or staff member one on one. Bring your toughest questions with you and head to West Lafayette for Weed Day.

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