Agriculture and Natural Resources

Compiled by Diane Turner - Hamilton County Educator

Issue 29 - July 2017

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INDIANA CROP WEATHER REPORT - Unusual Weather Continues

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

The agricultural sector is facing uncertainty from many directions. These include global supply and demand uncertainties, evolving biofuels policies, trade uncertainties, exchange rates, interest rates, and geopolitical conflicts, among others. Any of these could make farms vulnerable to financial erosion, or even financial failure. Click here to read the latest update from Purdue Economics Department.

Upcoming Events

2017 Hamilton County 4-H Fair July 20-24; Auction July 25

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. Click here for the full fair lineup.

Produce Donations Needed

Attention Hamilton County families! Join with the Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District to help food insecure families throughout the county. Bring your fresh produce donations to the Fair and drop them off at the SWCD’s booth (located inside the same tent where you buy milkshakes from the Indiana Farm Bureau). Vegetables and fruits can be grown by you or bought from a farmers market and/or grocery store. Each day, donations will be given to food pantries in Hamilton County. For questions or to arrange for larger donations, call the SWCD at (317) 773-2181.

Educational Opportunities

Master Gardener Intern Training Scheduled

Are you interested in learning more about gardening in Hamilton County? Hamilton County has scheduled their popular Master Gardener Intern Program to begin August 14th, 2017. Classes will be held on Monday evenings from 5:30 pm-8:30 pm. The schedule includes one weekend workshop on Saturday, September 30th.


Community service and educating others is our primary goal. Participants who successfully complete the program and, thereafter, donate an equal number of volunteer hours in community gardening services are certified as Purdue Master Gardener Volunteers. A small yearly donation of time is expected to maintain certification.


What is the cost? The cost for the program materials is $150.00. Participants from the same family can attend the training together and share materials for an additional $75.00. Click here for more information.

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. Register here.

High Tunnel Field Day - Tuesday, July 18th

The field day at Meigs Horticulture Farm, presented by the Horticulture Department and the Department of Entomology, will focus on high tunnel production of cucurbit crops. It will feature tours of conventional and hydroponic high tunnel cucumber and melon production. The use of insect-exclusion screens to control cucumber beetles and bacterial wilt will be on display in the conventional high tunnel systems. Vegetable grafting and future research in tomato systems will be presented. Attendees will also have an opportunity to discuss current challenges and future directions of research areas for high tunnel production systems.


To register online please visit: http://tinyurl.com/yc5lqvez

For more information, contact: Lori Jolly-Brown at (765) 494-1296

Save the Date:

Purdue Industrial Hemp Field Day - July 26th

Purdue Hop Field Day - August 26th, Crazy Horse Hops LLC

2017 Central Indiana Field Day - July 26th, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Field Day Hosted by Precision Planting, McKinney & McKinney, Inc.

9843 W Division Rd., Kempton, IN 46049

Speaker Line-up:

Klein Ileleji, Purdue University – Solar Panels/Renewable Energy

Jim Love, Beck’s Hybrids – Drones

Andy Bailey, Precision Agronomics – Using Field Data

McKinney & McKinney, Precision Planting – Precision Equipment

Joe Ikley, Purdue University– Weed Update

Joe Rorick – CCSI – Cover Crops

John Obermeyer, Purdue University - Entomology Update

Bryan Overstreet, Purdue University – Corn & Soybean Seeding Rates in Tight Margins

Lunch Keynote Speaker – Jason Henderson, Director of Purdue Extension


Register HERE: Registration by July 12th, 2017, PARP, CCH, & CEU Credits Available

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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

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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