Agriculture and Natural Resources
Compiled by Diane Turner - Hamilton County Educator
Indiana Crop Weather Report - Final Report of the 2016 Season
November Crop Production
While periodically rainy weather has slowed harvest progress across much of the State, forecasts continue to show favorable yields for corn and a record high for soybeans. The November Crop Report is based upon conditions, as of November 1, 2016. Some highlights of the report are as follows:
- Indiana corn yield is expected to be 177 bushels per acre, up twenty-seven bushels from last year’s yield. Total production is expected to be 957.6 million bushels, up 16 percent from 2015. The Indiana corn crop was 76% harvested as of October 31, ahead of the historical five-year average despite the challenging harvest conditions.
- Indiana soybean production is expected to total 335.1 million bushels, up 22 percent from a year earlier and a state record. The yield is forecast at a record high 59 bushels per acre, up 9 bushels from the 2015 report. Soybeans harvested were at 83% as of October 31, behind last year’s 95% but ahead of the five-year average of 81%.
Indiana Agriculture Report is published monthly by the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region.
New Resources on Field Crop Diseases Available Through the Crop Protection Network
Currently there are 24 publications on corn and soybean diseases available on the Crop Production Network website, including a series on how to manage corn ear rots that was released in 2016. The website includes full length publications on important diseases, scouting cards to aid in field-based disease diagnosis, one-page factsheets that address hot topics in field crop diseases, and annual corn disease loss estimates for the United States and Canada. Publications focus on how to identify and manage diseases, as well as a including information on other diseases that can confuse diagnosis. These resources are updated frequently to incorporate the latest research-based information on disease management.
Hamilton County PARP Training Scheduled
12/12/2016 - HAMILTON COUNTY PARP - Cost $10.00
9:00 am EST - 11:00 am EST Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds, Dining Room. Noblesville
John Obermeyer, Purdue Entomology: “Insect Pest Management: what we have learned, what should we do”Peter Goldsbrough, Purdue Plant Pathology: "Genetically Modified Crops: Marvel or Malady"
Diane Turner, Hamilton County ANR: “Pollinator Protection”
Contact Name: Diane Turner
Title: ANR Educator
If you are interested in more information on pesticide programming, feel free to contact me via email at any time or by calling our local Extension Office at (317) 776-0854.
Upcoming Training Events and Opportunities
Indiana Professional Lawn and Landscape Association Winter Workshop
Event scheduled for December 14, 2016 beginning at 8:00am at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds & Exhibition Center - Click here for more information.
2016 Indiana CCA Conference
Beginning Farmer Central Regional Workshop
New and aspiring farmers will learn more about technology for small-scale and urban farming and many other topics at the Beginning Farmer Central Regional Workshop.
The free workshop will be 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. (all times Eastern) Wednesday, December 14 in Discovery Hall at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The workshop is sponsored by Purdue Extension, Indiana AgrAbility, and the Local Growers Guild.
In addition to information about technology, we'll address taking care of your most important tool: your body. We'll also provide short updates about legislative changes, including the Food Safety Modernization Act and new meat processing regulations.
We will serve lunch and refreshments.
Register online at the Purdue Extension Education Store or call 765-494-6795. Join our email list (or share with others who may want to join). The workshop is free, but registration is required and we are limited to 100 participants.
Farm Law and Taxes With Estate and Business Transfer Planning
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 14 2016; 8:30 am-3:30pm EST
Location: Purdue CES Office, Tipton County Fairgrounds, 1200 South Main Street
Registration: Click here
*Pre-registration required and Continuing Education Credits offered
Indiana Hort Congress - *Notice New Location
The Indiana Horticultural Congress will be held at the Indianapolis Marriott East, January 10-12, 2017. The Indiana Horticultural Congress is an educational meeting designed to meet the needs of fruit, vegetable, wine, organics, and specialty crop growers and marketers in Indiana and surrounding states. Click here for the full registration brochure.
2017 Crop Management Workshops Scheduled
The 2017 Crop Management Workshops will be held at various sites around the state January 23-27, 2017. The topics of these meetings are adapted from the previous cropping year, new technologies, questions asked by agribusiness personnel, and suggestions from past CMWs. Certification credits for Indiana’s commercial (CCH) and private (PARP) pesticide applicators and Certified Crop Advisors (CEU) will be awarded to attendees. Credits for Ohio applicators have been requested. Click here for the registration brochure.