Agriculture and Natural Resources
Compiled by Diane Turner - Hamilton County Educator
Current Purdue Production Newsletters
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.
Purdue Agricultural Economics Report
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.
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
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
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
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
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