Farm Notes Feb. 27, 2013
The public is invited to attend the Hancock County Master Gardener Association monthly meeting Thursday, beginning at 6:30 p.m., at the Hancock County Extension office, north of the county 4-H Fairgrounds at 802 N. Apple St., Greenfield.
Featured speaker Joe Stasey’s topic will be “How to Select, Plant, and Care for Trees.” Stasey is an Advanced Master Gardener from Hamilton County who has contributed over 1,000 hours of community service in the past five years. In 2010, he was honored by the Indiana Urban Forest Council as Tree Steward of the Year.
A business meeting of the Hancock County Master Gardeners follows the program at 7:40 p.m. Please direct any of questions to Joyce at (317) 442-6143.
Sheep and wool council vote
Friday is the registration deadline for Indiana’s commercial sheep producers who want to vote on whether to establish a council that would promote consumer awareness and sales of sheep products. A petition was delivered to the Office of the Dean of Agriculture at Purdue University in July asking for the establishment of a Sheep and Wool Market Development Council.
At least 20 percent of the state’s commercial sheep producers must register in writing before March 1 to vote on council establishment. The proposed voting period is April 1-30, with the intent to announce results by May 15. With a favorable vote, the council would begin July 1. Sheep producers can request a voter registration form from Jerry Fankhauser, ARP assistant director, at 765-494-8368 or email@example.com.
Soy booster field trial deadline soon
The American Soybean Association in partnership with FMC Agricultural Products and NACHURS, an Ohio-based liquid fertilizer manufacturer, is seeking 125 growers across the soybean growing region to participate in a soy booster field trial during the 2013 growing season.
Growers will be asked to apply one of FMC’s liquid-fertilizer-ready insecticides and one of NACHURS’ liquid starter fertilizers on a 20-acre plot and compare agronomic data with a 20-acre control plot that is not treated with the products.
Selected growers will have the products provided free of charge and must apply them in-furrow as they seed their beans.
Application will be at the rate of 3.2 ounces per acre for the insecticide and two gallons per acre for the fertilizer based upon 30-inch row spacing.
Growers will be asked to allow FMC and NACHURS representatives to visit the sites and collect growing data. Information from the field study will be made available to all ASA members.
Deadline for enrollment is this Saturday. For more information visit www.soygrowers.com/SoyBooster.
Indiana Small Farms Conference
The Indiana Small Farm Conference will take place Friday and Saturday at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds in Danville. Sessions will focus on issues related to management, production, processing and marketing.
Registration is $150 per person for both days or $100 per person for one day. Fees include a lunch and banquet Friday and lunch on Saturday, all featuring Indiana-raised foods. To register, visit the Purdue Small Farms and Sustainable Agriculture Extension Team website at www.ag.purdue.edu/smallfarms.
No-till focus of soil health workshops
The Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative’s upcoming advanced-level workshops focus on the details of no-till management. Three workshops are scheduled around the state for Indiana Conservation Partnership staff and Purdue Extension educators.
The March 12 and March 14 workshops cover no-till management, including nutrient and pest management and how to advise farmers on details like planter clinics. CEU’s are available.
The March 21 Cover Crop Training will provide students with knowledge to advise farmers on selecting cover crops that work best with their current system. Participants also will learn to use tools like the Midwest Cover Crops Council Selector Tool and the NRCS Seeding Tool. Discussion of nutrient and pest management will be included. CEU’s are available.
All workshops take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. Details can be viewed from the Conservation Calendar on the IASWCD website (click on March).
March 12: Vincennes University Jasper Campus, Jasper
March 14: Southeast Purdue Ag Center, Butlerville
March 21: Diagnostic Training Center, Purdue Agronomy Center, West Lafayette
Registration information is available by contacting the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, (317) 692-7325, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.iaswcd.org. The deadline for each workshop is two weeks prior.
Find the Hancock County SWCD at www.hancockswcd.org, or call 462-2283, ext. 3.
Farmers interested in reaching new local food markets but are unable to attend a daylong workshop can get the same information through an online series.
“MarketReady Indiana – Scaling up Your Production and Marketing of Farm Products” is designed to help food suppliers succeed and stay profitable in a changing marketplace. The web-based workshop series will be offered March 11, 18 and 25. Purdue Extension offices across Indiana will host the sessions. Participants can view the sessions at a host location and network with other farms, or they can access the sessions from a remote location with a provided URL.
Host locations include Hancock County, 802 N Apple St., Greenfield, contact Roy Ballard, (317) 462-1113, as well as: Jefferson County, Lonnie Mason, (812) 265-8919; Kosciusko County, Kelly Heckaman, (574) 372-2340; LaPorte County, Mary Foell, (219) 324-9407; Switzerland County, Kyle Weaver, (812) 427-3152; Vanderburgh County, Larry Caplan, (812) 435-5287; and Vermillion County, Phil Cox, (765) 492-5335.
All sessions are 6:30 to 9 p.m. (except in LaPorte and Vanderburgh counties, at 5:30-8 p.m. Central time). The program is $30 per person, or $30 for the first person and $15 for each additional person from the same farm. Checks should be made payable to "Purdue CES Ed Fund." To register, contact your local Extension office or the closest host site. Registration is preferred by March 4.
Southwest Indiana crop seminar
Crop producers are invited to attend a free Purdue Extension crop workshop March 6 in Bretzville covering field crop management and herbicide-resistant plants.
The Southwest Indiana Crop Seminar will run from 12:25 to 4:45 p.m. at the Dubois County 4-H Fairgrounds, 4157 S. Ind. 162, about six miles south of Jasper.
There is no advance registration. Registration begins at noon on site. A light snack will be provided. Attendees wishing to receive Pesticide Applicator Recertification Program credit need to bring their PARP card and $10. Continuing Certification Hours and Continuing Education Unit credits will also be available. For more information, contact Purdue Extension Dubois County at (812) 482-1782.
Southern Indiana Pork Conference
Purdue University Extension and Indiana Pork are teaming up to host the third annual Southern Indiana Pork Conference and offer an update on the latest news in the pork industry.
The free, daylong conference will be March 20 at the Schnitzelbank Restaurant, 393 Third Ave., Jasper, and includes discussions about changes in, and updates to, production, economic and environmental factors. Lunch will be provided.
Reservations are requested by March 13 to the Indiana Pork Office by calling (317) 872-7500.
Growing Places Indy, a local non-profit working to cultivate wellness in Indianapolis through urban agriculture, food access and awareness, and practices for living well, is now accepting applications for its 2013 Summer Apprenticeship Program.
Participants in the Summer Apprenticeship Program learn the principles of operating a small urban farm, while exploring the challenges and opportunities to improving access to fresh, healthy food in the Indianapolis area. In addition they explore broader concepts of sustainability and wellness.
“The program is intended to immerse participants in real life training and activities related to the Growing Places Indy mission,” said executive director Laura Henderson.
Apprentices also lead educational experiences for youth and other community members, while investigating community-based food systems and the socio-cultural, health, economic and environmental implications of agricultural and food systems.
The Summer Apprenticeship Program is an educational initiative designed for any individual who can fully commit to the 10-week summer program, which runs from late May to early August at approximately 25 hours per week. Eight apprentices typically participate in the program each year. Henderson says last year’s apprentices ranged in age from 19 to 45.
The 2013 Growing Places Indy Apprenticeship application deadline is March 15. After an initial application review, candidates will be contacted for an interview by April 1 and all applicants will be alerted of a final decision by April 15.
To apply, go to http://www.growingplacesindy.org/apprenticeship-program.