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As planting season nears, Crop Day draws a crowd

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By STUART CASSIDY
Staff Writer

FULDA – Nearly 100 farmers and agriculture producers packed the Fulda Sportsman Club to attend the annual Perry-Spencer Crop Day Feb. 21. The gathering was promoted by the Purdue Extension and the soil and water conservation district offices in both Perry and Spencer counties.

Participants heard updates about ground nitrate levels caused by last year’s drought and could earn credit toward certain fertilizer application licenses required by the state.

“It’s a good time for people to come together and have a meal, but the true goal is education on some timely ag topics,” Spencer County agriculture educator Nick Held said.

Charles Mansfield, a Purdue extension agronomist based in Vincennes, spoke for nearly a half hour about nitrogen levels, some of the testing methods for the chemical and diseases common to wheat crops.

Following his presentation, Held provided information about different fertilizer applications and who needs to be licensed to apply fertilizers. According to him, those using less than 10 cubic yards of dry or 4,000 gallons are exempt.