Agriculture and Natural Resources

Compiled by Diane Turner - Hamilton County Educator

Issue 30 - August 2017

Current Purdue Production Newsletters

Chat 'n Chew Cafe - Current Update 2017

Facts for Fancy Fruit - Current Issue - 2017

Pest and Crops Newsletter - Current Issue - 2017

Vegetable Crops Hotline - Current Issue - 2017


Find the updated crop reports for Indiana by clicking the links below. Information is provided by Indiana State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Indiana Crop Weather Report - Current Report

Purdue Agricultural Economics Report - 2017 Purdue Farmland Values Survey

The rate of decline in farmland values and cash rents slowed in 2017. In fact, some land values and cash rents were higher. See the changes for your area of the state and land quality. Click here to read the latest update from Purdue Economics Department.

Upcoming Events

Purdue Extension FoodLink - Fresh Vegetables Food Demonstration

Saturday, Aug. 19th, 9am

Noblesville Farmers Market

Join Purdue Extension Hamilton County at the Noblesville Farmers Market on Saturday August 19th. Educators will demonstration how to use local produce in nutritional and tasty recipes.

Educational Opportunities

Hop Field Day - Crazy Horse Hops, August 26; 9:30am

Purdue Extension is excited to announce a Hop Workshop scheduled for Saturday August 26th, 2017 at 9:30am. Join us at Indiana’s largest hop yard as we discuss harvesting, drying, and processing. The workshop is sponsored by: Crazy Horse Hop Farm, Purdue Extension and the Indiana Hop Growers Association. Click here for more information.

Manure Management Workshop - August 25; 8:00am-11:45am

Topics to be discussed: Fertilizer Control; Rules and Regulations; Management of Nitrogen and Phosphorus; Fertilizer Application Regulations


Manchester University, 604 E. College Avenue

North Manchester, Indiana 46962

Contact Info:

Name: Curt Campbell, ANR Educator
Phone: 260-563-0661

Farmland Rental Program - August 30; 9:00am-3:00pm

Boone County 4-H Fairgrounds Farm Bureau Community Building

1300 E 100 S, Lebanon, IN

Cost: Free

This program will include a discussion of the recently released 2017 Indiana Farmland Values and Cash Rent Survey results, farmland taxation, cash rents, land management practices, and farmland leases. Information should be valuable for landlords and tenants.

To register please contact the Extension Office at 765-482-0750 or e-mail Curt Emanuel. Registration deadline is Friday, August 25.

Small Flock Poultry Conference - September 16; 8:00am-5:00pm

Location: Beck Center, West Lafayette. Breakfast, lunch, and refreshments included in registration.

Topics to be covered may include:

Winter Management, Bird Behavior, Feeding Your Birds, Indiana Egg Law, Washing and Preparing Your Eggs for Market, National Poultry Improvement Plan and Biosecurity

Poultry Disease, Predator Control

Online registration is $25 with price increasing to $40 at the door. Register online here.

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August 12 - Crowl Cattle is a veteran run farm that raises quality beef and pork in Lafayette, Indiana.

August 26 - Goat Milk Stuff is a dairy goat farm located near Scottsburg, IN that produces soaps, candies and cheeses. The tour will include information on agricultural tourism and value-added products.

September 11 - Two tours for the price of one! Tour Little Prairie Farm, a small acreage vegetable farm near Brookston, IN, and the Purdue Student Farm near West Lafayette to learn about farming practices and tools for small acreage farms.

September 27 - Full Hand Farm is a diverse vegetable farm located near Noblesville, IN. The tour will include information on the use of high tunnels in vegetable production.

October 2 - Aficionado Farms produces organically grown produce, herbs, and flowers near Elberfeld, IN. Learn about their farm and Farm to School programs.

October 14 - Blue Yonder Organic Farm is a Veteran owned and operated farm near North Salem producing pastured poultry, sheep, and other products. Learn about poultry production and organic certification.

To register for one of the Purdue Extension Beginning Farmer Tours or Workshops - CLICK HERE

Organic Vegetable Seed Production & Varietal Selection Workshop - August 22

Where: Purdue Student Farm, West Lafayette IN

When: August 22nd, 2017 Registration cost (with lunch): $15

Agenda: Seed biology fundamentals, Managing population size and isolation distances, Harvesting and cleaning practices, Managing pathogens during seed production and after harvest, Basic on‐farm varietal improvement and breeding techniques, Connecting with chefs to develop and identify the best varieties, Tour and taste tests of advanced carrot and tomato breeding populations.

For more information contact: Lori Jolly‐Brown at 765‐494‐1296

About Diane Turner

Diane is the Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator for Hamilton County, Indiana. Her responsibilities include support for commercial agriculture producers, homeowners, and coordinating the Master Gardener Program. Feel free to call or email her with questions.
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