Southwest Indiana Crop Seminar March 7

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JASPER – Purdue Extension will host the 13 annual Southwest Indiana Crop Seminar March 7 from noon to 4 p.m. EST at the Dubois County 4-H Fairgrounds Clover Pavilion, located six miles south of Jasper on State Road 162.

The seminar targets farmers, private applicators, and crop advisors.
This year’s focus will be on nutrient management, with topics geared towards maximizing crop production while reducing environmental impacts.

Featured speakers will  include Water Specialist Amanda Bradshaw Burks with the Alliance for Indiana Rural Water Source. Burks will discuss hypoxia and watershed concerns.

Kenneth Eck, Dubois County extension educator, will discuss the basics of plant nutrition and fertilizer application regulations and record keeping.

Barry Fischer, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services soil health specialist will discuss strategies for optimizing fertilizers on conservation cropping systems.

This seminar counts for one of three meetings required for private applicator or fertilizer applicator recertification.  

There is no charge to attend, however farmers attending this meeting for private pesticide applicator credit will be charged a $10 PARP fee, will need to bring their pesticide card and must attend the entire program for certification.

Four CEUs have also been applied for in the area of nutrient management for certified crop advisors.

Sponsors for the event  include the Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative, Crop Production Services, Dubois County Soil and Water Conservation District, Hopf Equipment, Perry County Soil and Water Conservation District, Precision Farming Solutions, Purdue Extension and Spencer County Soil and Water Conservation District.

For additional information, contact the Purdue Extension – Dubois County office at (812) 482-1782 or duboisces@purdue.edu. More information for this event can be found at www.extension.purdue.edu/dubois under “Hot Topics.”