Agriculture and Natural Resources

Compiled by Diane Turner - Hamilton County Educator

Issue 28 - June 2017

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Chat 'n Chew Cafe - June 2017

Diversified Farming and Food Systems Newsletter - May/June 2017

Facts for Fancy Fruit - Issue 17-05 - May 26, 2017

Greenhouse Newsletter - Issue - May 23, 2017

Pest and Crops Newsletter - Issue 8 - May 18, 2017

Pest and Crops Newsletter - Issue 9 - May 25, 2017

Vegetable Crops Hotline - Issue 627 - May 11, 2017

Vegetable Crops Hotline - Issue 628 - May 26, 2017


Find the updated crop reports for the past two weeks 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 - May 22, 2017

Indiana Crop Weather Report - May 30, 2017

Upcoming Training Events and Opportunities

Save The Date: 2017 Hamilton County 4-H Fair July 20-24; Auction July 25

Fun for the whole family! A summer event you won't want to miss!!

The Hamilton County 4-H Fair features numerous open events for all ages as well as the large variety of 4-H events and shows. Animals, livestock, foods, clothing, crafts, tractors, horticulture, dancing, and the talent show are just a few of the annual fair highlights. Gather the family together, get Mom out of the kitchen, and head for the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds for a great family outing.

Manure and Fertilizer Management Workshop - June 14th 9:00am-12:00pm

The program offered 2 CAT 14 Credits. Category 14 includes: Commercial for-hire fertilizer applicators and businesses using commercial fertilizers or manure from a confined feeding operation (CFO) in the production of agricultural crops.

Speakers and Topics:

Dr. Fred Whitford –Transport Regulations

Dr. Jim Camberato – Manure and Nutrient Management

Regulatory Topic – Record Keeping

RSVP: Clinton County ANR - Britt Reese 765-659-6380

Location: 4249 N County Rd 450 W Frankfort, IN 46041

Hop Production Field Day June 17, 2017 - Liberty Hop Farm, North Liberty, IN

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85th Annual Purdue Farm Management Tour - June 22 & 23, 2017

​​​The Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University has organized an annual Indiana Farm Management Tour every year since the early​ 1930s. The tour visits farms that have demonstrated highly successful farm business management practices or have unique perspectives on farm business management.

Host farmers share keys to successful farm management and explain how the management of their operations is changing in response to the ever-changing agricultural economy and the evolving circumstances of their families. They also share reasons behind recent innovations in production practices and adoption of new technology. This is an opportunity to ask questions and learn from the experiences of Indiana's best farm business managers.​

This year's tour is in Howard and Carroll counties, click here download the flyer​. The event is free, but pre-registration is required by Friday, June 16th.

Boone County PARP - June 29th 8:30am

Assessing whether applications to control disease in corn are economical requires a knowledge of scouting balanced with application costs and the price of the crop. This program will focus on helping farmers make these decisions on their farms.


8:30-9:00 a.m. – Welcome and Registration (Boone County 4-H Fairgrounds)

9:00-9:30 a.m. – Precision Ag’s Use in Complying with Setbacks and Reducing Input Costs

Curt Emanuel, Boone County Extension Educator

9:30-11:30 a.m. – Corn Disease Scouting and Fungicide Application Decisions

Britt Reese, Clinton County Extension Educator

Weather permitting, we will spend much of our time in the field. Please dress accordingly.

· This program has been approved as a Private Applicator Recertification Program (PARP)

· The program has been approved for Continuing Certification Hours (CCH’s) for Commercial Applicators

No pre-registration required

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June 15 - Clay Bottom Farm near Goshen, IN uses intensive growing methods to support a CSA program on less than an acre of land. Learn about their ‘lean farm” approach to support a CSA, supply restaurants, and sell at farmers’ markets.

June 24 - Silverthorn Farm near Rossville, IN uses organic practices to produce a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. The tour will include a session on working with restaurants.

July 8 - Tuttle Orchard near Greenfield, IN grows over 35 varieties of apples. Their apples and cider have won statewide and national competitions.

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

Purdue Turf and Landscape Field Day - July 11, 2017

The Purdue Turf and Landscape Field Day is an annual one-day event with the objective of providing professional turf and landscape managers exposure and educational opportunities with the latest research and technical resources. The Field Day features research tours, afternoon workshops on current topics, and a tradeshow with over 40 exhibitors displaying equipment and turf and landscape products.

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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