Agriculture and Natural Resources

Compiled by Diane Turner - Hamilton County Educator

Issue 25 - February / March 2017

Current Purdue Production Newsletters

Chat 'n Chew Cafe - February 2017

Greenhouse Newsletter - Issue 1- February 2017

Vegetable Crops Hotline - Issue 623 - February 2017

New Production Guides from the Purdue University Education Store

Purdue University offers a variety of spectacular educational publications for commercial agricultural producers. Click here to find these and other recently updated Production Guides available at the The Education Store.

Reminder to Complete the Purdue Farm Custom Rate Survey - 2016-2017

Please take a moment to report rates for custom work which you have charged others, or which you have paid during the past year. Feel free to submit this questionnaire even if you answer only one question. Facts about your business are kept confidential, and used only in combination with similar reports. Response is voluntary, but you can perform a valuable price discovery service for yourself and others by submitting this survey.

Click here to complete the survey.

Native Plant Kits Available for Purchase

Again this year, the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District and Parks and Recreation Department are partnering for Mission Monarch—a series of educational programs and events highlighting the decline of the Monarch butterfly and importance of pollinators. Pollinators like butterflies, bees, and birds require pollen and nectar sources to thrive but the native plants they depend on have been in decline. Native plants are those that have grown and thrived in this area since before settlers made this area home. This spring take the guesswork out of your landscaping and go native by purchasing one of the Soil and Water Conservation District’s native plant kits.

Each native plant kit contains 50 native plants for $120 and takes the guesswork out of plant selection by providing a set of plants that will be perfect for your yard. There is a kit for any area of your landscape including pollinator garden, rain garden (for wetter areas), prairie garden, and shade garden. Each kit contains 10 different perennial species of native plants and can fill a space anywhere from 50 to 150 square feet.

Plant kit orders can be placed online at or by visiting the SWCD office at 1717 Pleasant Street in Noblesville. Orders and payment are due by April 29th. The plant kits will be available for pick up at the SWCD office in mid-May. All proceeds support conservation projects and education in Hamilton County.

Upcoming Training Events and Opportunities

2017 Indiana Forage Council Meeting Scheduled in Fishers

You are invited to attend educational presentations during the Indiana Forage Councils annual meeting, which will be held March 20 at the Hamilton County Community Building, 9090 East 131st St., Fishers. The annual meeting for members and guests starts at 4:30 p.m. and is followed by dinner at 6 p.m. The seminar, featuring Stratton and Wilson, begins at 7 p.m.

Participation in the annual meeting is not required for participation in the dinner and seminar. The cost of the dinner is $15. Attendees are requested to RSVP by March 13 to Jason Tower or 812-678-4427.

Soil Health Economics: A Farmer's Perspective - Conservation Webinar

This webinar is featuring Hamilton County's own Rodney Rulon, Rulon Enterprises. He will present the economic benefits of soil health based on implementing a soil health management system that includes continuous no-till, cover crops, nutrient management, and subsurface drainage.

Rodney Rulon farms 5,800 acres of corn and soybeans in Arcadia, IN. A long time no-tiller (1989), he has added cover crops, nutrient and pest management, and subsurface drainage to complete his soil health management system.

Date: Mar 14, 2017 2:00 pm

Who should participate? Conservationists, Agronomists, Land Owners, Land Managers, Technical Service Providers, Others

Education Credits Units:

Certified Crop Advisors - 1 hour CCA - CM Credit

Conservation Planner - 1 hour Conservation Planning Credit

Click here to learn how to join the webinar.

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Indiana Small Farm Conference - Danville, IN - March 2-4th

It's not too late, official registration has closed but we do accept walk-in registrations in the morning each day at the Indiana Small Farm Conference. We will have a limited number of walk-ins we can accept, however space is not guaranteed. Cost for walk-in would be 1-day $90, 2-day $162 / person. Doors open for registration each morning at 8 a.m.

Central District - Upcoming PARP Trainings

Clinton Winter Workshop

Date: March 7, 2017 3:00 pm EST - 5:00 pm

Topics Covered: Neonicotinoids and Pollinators: New Science and Regulatory Updates; Nitrogen Management in Corn

Location: Arborwood, 100 Golf Preserve Lane, Frankfort

Contact: Brittiney Reese, ANR Educator 765-659-6380

Workshop Registration 2:30-3:00 p.m., Reservations Required by March 1

Quad County PARP

Date: March 10, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Topics Covered: GMO’s Sticking to the Evidence; Truck Accidents, Dealing with the Aftermath; Pesticide Jeopardy (*Lunch provided)

Location: Equipment Technologies, Inc., 455 Merriman Road, Mooresville

Contact: Amy Thompson - ANR Educator 812-349-2575

RSVP by March 7

Johnson PARP - Johnson County

Date: March 22, 2017 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Topics Covered: Cleaning the Sprayer; Weed Management Update; Preventing Pesticide Poisoning of Livestock (*Lunch provided)

Location: Scott Hall Johnson County Fairgrounds - 250 Fairground St, Franklin

Contact: Sarah Hanson, ANR Educator 317-736-3724

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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