No, they won't be trying to bulldoze down the Court House or take out the town square. But just a few miles outside of Columbia City, the Indiana Land Contractors Association will be tiling part of the Northeast Purdue Ag Center, and conducting other demonstrations. NEPAC, headed by Phil Walker, is combining forces with the Indiana Land Contractors Association this year to conduct a joint field day at the farm southwest of the Whitley County seat.
The field day is scheduled for August 11 and 12. Consult with your local Extension office for more specific details on timing of events. The Indiana Land Contractors Improvement Association held a field day approximately 10 years ago in Shelby County, and completed various conservation practices, including tiling and water and sediment control basins. Many of those are still visible north of the St. Paul exit, on the east side of Interstate 74, between Shelbyville and Greensburg.
Other Purdue ag centers will also hold field days in August. Another one planned is the Southeast Purdue Ag Center field day near Butlerville. This year marks a double anniversary for the site. It's the 30th year fro the Purdue ag center there, and also Don Biehle's 30th year as manager. He completed 30 years as manager on May 6, and was featured on the cover of the May issue of Indiana Prairie Farmer magazine.
A Jennings County native, Biehle is the only manager ever at the facility. He has turned what was grown over scrub land into a no-till showplace for southern Indiana on bulk areas, plus the home of important research projects, several of them now being done on a field-size scale instead of in small plots. SEPAC also has an underground tile study where tile flow amounts and content can be analyzed. It's finishing its second decade of study.
The field day there will be Aug. 16 at 4 p.m. local time, and is scheduled to run until 8 p.m. There is no charge for the field day, but registration is required. Call the Jennings County Extension office at 812-352-3033 for a reservation. Pesticide applicator training for a $10 fee will also be offered through the event. Bring your license if you want credit. This field day also qualifies for continuing education credits.
Speakers will include Greg Shaner, Bob Nielsen, John Obermeyer, and Bill Johnson, all heavy hitters on the Purdue Extension team, and Chad Lee from the University of Kentucky, talking about how soybean planting dates relate to pod set and flowering dates later in the season. Purdue is currently without a soybean Extension specialist, since Shawn Conley returned to his home state of Wisconsin to take a similar position at the University of Wisconsin.
You can also email Ken Salkeld, Jennings County ag educator, for information at: [email protected].