Rushville Republican

August 24, 2012

Farming During and After the 2012 Drought program

Will Schakel, Ag program assistant
Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — The 2012 drought has been one of the worst on record in Indiana, and

many livestock producers will need to adjust plans and reshuffle resources

to minimize economic losses.

Hancock, Henry, Rush and Shelby counties are sponsoring a program on "Farming During and After the 2012 Drought" The program will be from 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, at Morristown Christian Church Fellowship

Hall, 209 S. Washington Street, Morristown. The Fellowship Hall is located across the street from the Church. Attendees are asked to use the north entrance. The west entrance will be utilized by the Morristown Boys & Girls Club.

For the brochure with all the details and registration form please go to:

http://www3.ag.purdue.edu/counties/shelby/Pages/2012DroughtConference.aspx.

Registration deadline is today, Aug. 24.

For more information, contact the Rush County Extension office at 765-932-5974.

"This year presents a unique challenge for producers since corn may be cut for silage, and many fields have poorly pollinated plants and limited kernel set, "Kiersten Wise said. "Growers have asked questions about assessing the potential for Aspergillus ear rot and aflatoxin to occur in these fields."

During this program, farmers will have the opportunity to learn about agronomic practices, marketing strategies and risk management processes that will make the most of drought stressed resources and prepare for the 2013 growing season. Industry and research specialists will offer insights as to how to handle a market limited by drought damaged grain while offering an opportunity to network with farmers and others who are facing similar challenges.

The program will include presentations about:

Session 1 Topic Areas (1 p.m. - 4 p.m.)

Consider Cover Crops for nutrient capture alternative forage

Emergency forage consideration

Rejuvenating drought-stricken pasture

Assessing forage conditionÉmaking choices going forward

The fuss about Aspergillus flavus

Assessing grain quality before, during and after harvest

Diseases in your fields and how they affect your harvest timeline

Storing into 2013, considerations before, during and after harvest



Session 2 Topic Areas (4 p.m. - 6 p.m.)

What to monitor as we proceed forward in a market with low supplies

Contracts, defaults and what farmers should know

Economics of staying in or getting out of livestock

Current insights as to how industry will and source and market grain



Dinner will be sponsored by the Farm Bureau Incorporated Organizations of Hancock, Henry, Rush and Shelby Counties



Session 3 Topic Areas (7 p.m. - 9 p.m.)

Filing a claim, tips for what to do before you contact the insurance co.

Information you should have before the adjuster arrives

Communicating with the insurance adjuster

Common pitfalls in claim

Federal assistance programs already in place and what may yet come



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