Agriculture and Natural Resources

Complied by Diane Turner - Hamilton County Educator

Issue 10 - January 2016

Indiana corn production lower than projected

The extent of the crop damage caused by last summer's severe weather became clearer with a new U.S. Department of Agriculture report showing that Indiana's corn production fell to its lowest level in three years. The state's soybeans fared better, recovering enough from the early-season flooding to produce a stronger crop.


According to the USDA's Crop Production 2015 Summary released Tuesday (Jan. 12), Indiana corn farmers produced 867.4 million bushels of corn last year on a yield of 150 bushels per acre, compared with 2014's record 1.08 billion bushels on 188 per acre.

It was the smallest corn crop in the state since farmers harvested 596.9 million bushels on 99 per acre during the 2012 drought year. Find the full article here.

State of Indiana Response to Avian Flu - New Updates Online Daily

On January 15, it was announced that confirmed cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza were found in Dubois County. State, local and federal agencies are working together on containment and depopulation operations. Testing will continue for several more weeks within the control and surveillance zone to ensure that no H7N8 remains in the area.


For daily updates and more detailed information, see the Indiana State Board of Health website. Keep in mind that Avian Influenza does not present a food safety risk; poultry and eggs are safe to eat. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers the risk of illness to humans to be very low.

Applications for 2016 – 2017 Pork Industry Scholarships Now Open!

All juniors and seniors in college who plan to pursue a career in swine production management or a related field, or will be seeking to attend veterinary or graduate school and major in a discipline with an emphasis on swine, are invited to submit an application for consideration to receive one of the scholarships sponsored by the Pork Checkoff.


The deadline for applications is February 18, 2016. Recipients will be notified in April, 2016 and money will be available for the Fall, 2016 semester. Application guidelines must be followed and may be submitted online using the application form that can be found here on the Pork Checkoff website.

Upcoming Training Events and Opportunities

Crop Management Workshops

Purdue Extension’s Pest Management Programs will host a series of crop management workshops January 25-29, 2016 at four sites throughout Indiana. Participants will get the latest agronomic and pest management information from Purdue Extension specialists.

Click here for a full listing of topics, presenters, and dates.

Beef Cattle Handling Seminar

Indiana beef producers and veterinarians are invited to attend a beef cattle handling seminar sponsored by Purdue University's Integrated Resource Management program.

The seminar will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST on Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Marriott Indianapolis East as part of the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association's (IVMA) annual meeting.


Lynn Locatelli, veterinarian and cattle-handling expert, will lead the seminar based on the Cattlexpressions Low-Stress Cattle Handling program. The workshop focuses on how human interactions with livestock affect animal health, performance, and handling. Locatelli will explain how to reduce stress on animals and their handlers. Registration deadline is Saturday, Jan. 23. Click here for more information.

Central District Scheduled PARP Trainings

Tipton County PARP

Date: Mon Feb 01 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Topics Covered: Drift and Influence of Weather; Cover Crops Management; Precision Ag and Setbacks

Location: Extension Office, 1200 S Main, Tipton

Contact: Paul Marcellino, Howard ANR Educator 765-456-2313


Hamilton County Sprayer and Drift Update

Date: Thur. Feb 4, 2016 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Topics Covered: Spray Tips and Nozzles; Understanding Spray Drift; Driftwatch Registry

Location: Hamilton County Fairgrounds

Contact: Diane Turner, ANR Educator 317-776-0854


Clinton County Ag Outlook

Date: Fri Feb 12 2016 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Topics Covered: Pest Management in Grain Storage; Mycotoxins; Weed Management Update; Bee Aware

Location: 4-H Bldg. Clinton Co Fairgrounds

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


Wabash Corn Fertilization Class

Date: Mon Feb 29 2016 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Topics Covered: Weed Control Timeliness Applications; Efficient Nitrogen Management; Optimum Nitrogen Rates; Bee Aware Pollinator Protection

Location: Wabash REMC Building, Wabash

Contact: Curt Campbell, ANR educator 260-563-5895


Quad Co PARP - Morgan County

Date: Tue Mar 01 2016 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Topics Covered: Ag Outlook; Adjuvants and Power of Spray Droplet; Precision Agriculture; Department of Transportation

Location: Equipment Technologies, 455 Merriman Rd, Mooresville

Contact: Amanda Dickson, ANR Educator 765-342-1010


Purdue Pesticide Programs - Event Listings

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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