America’s farmers have spent much of the 2019 crop season handling the hurdles that have come alongside an unprecedented wet spring, fluctuating commodity markets, the availability of new crop alternatives like industrial hemp, and adapting to new agricultural technologies.
These and other issues will be addressed on September 5th, 2019 at Purdue University Extension‘s annual Crops Field Day. This field day will also serve as a celebration, honoring Purdue University’s “150 Years of Giant Leaps” along with “70 Years of Agronomic Progress at the Agronomy Farm.”
Not only is Ron Turco, Purdue professor of agronomy and department head, expected to provide an update on hemp farming in Indiana, but there will also be additional opportunities for hemp producers to learn from Purdue’s research.
Purdue University, a public research university calling West Lafayette, Indiana home, was established back in 1869 by John Purdue to educate and pioneer in the fields of science, technology, and agriculture.
“Our field day tries to hit on the hot topics farmers are thinking about heading into harvest each year, and I anticipate that the weather and the markets will be at the top of everyone’s list,” said Andrew Westfall, White County Purdue Extension director and agriculture and natural resources educator.
“We are also excited to have stops where participants will learn about other timely subjects, including: hemp production, UAVs, field tile and drainage, field crop diseases, and farm safety. Lastly, we are thrilled to celebrate with the public the anniversaries that Purdue is commemorating this year.”
The field day will be at the Beck Agricultural Center, located at the Agronomy Center for Research and Education, 4540 U.S. 52 West in West Lafayette. While the event is free and open to the public, those wanting to attend must register online here.
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