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Agriculture

February 21, 2014

CCSI to co-sponsor southwest Indiana Crop Seminar

INDIANAPOLIS - The Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative is a co-sponsor of the Southwest Indiana Crop Seminar, which takes place from noon to 4 p.m. on March 7. PARP credits will be available.

The seminar will focus on nutrient management. Topics to be addressed at the seminar include: Strategies for Optimizing Fertilizers on Conservation Cropping Systems, Barry Fisher, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service; Hypoxia and Watershed Concerns, Amanda Bradshaw-Burks, Alliance of Indiana Rural Water; Basics of Plant Nutrition, Ken Eck, Purdue Cooperative Extension Service; and Fertilizer Application Regulations and Record-keeping, Ken Eck.

The crop seminar will be in the Clover Pavilion in Dubois County 4-H Fairground, located six miles south of Jasper on Highway 162 South near Bretzville.

There is no charge to attend the seminar; however the PARP credit fee is $10. Applicators should bring their pesticide card. Attendance for the entire program is required for PARP credit. In addition, an application has been submitted for Certified Crop Advisor credits.

The Dubois County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), one of the seminar sponsors, and Vincennes University - Jasper Campus are partners in the Land Stewardship Initiative, a project which focuses on promoting soil health to the community and to developing a respected research and education area. The SWCD manages cropland for the University with a focus on conservation practices, and uses profit from the crops to sustain their work.

The Dubois County SWCD is also a partner in the Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative. Through the Land Stewardship Initiative, VUJC cropland is managed by the SWCD to promote, demonstrate, and evaluate soil health practices. The group’s efforts also extend to conversion of manicured lawns to wildlife and pollinator -friendly warm season grass and forb mixtures as well as managing woodlands to control invasive species and improve timber stands. Combined with state-of-the-art learning facilities, VUJC provides a perfect location for conservation field days and trainings.

The SW Indiana Crop Seminar is sponsored by the Crop Production Services, the Indiana Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative, Dubois, Perry, and Spencer County Soil & Water Conservation Districts, Hopf Equipment, Precision Farming Solutions, and the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service.

For additional information, contact Judi Brown, Dubois County Soil and Water Conservation District Executive Director, at (812) 482-1171, Ext. 3 or judi.brown@in.nacdnet.net.

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