The local Purdue Extension office has many neat publications available.
Unfortunately I don't believe many realize all of these different types of media are available. Extension publications are not scientific paper read by professors. In fact many are not even on paper! These media include CD's and DVD's related to trees, reptiles and other natural resources that would interest both youth and adults. In fact my three-year-old loves to watch the DVD entitled, "We All Share the Road" which has a real safety message but has lots of tractor, truck and implement action. Most items with a few exceptions are $10 or less.
You might also consider purchasing the workshop fee for a family member to attend an Extension workshop like the upcoming "Beginning Bee Keeping" series that will start in January.
So call the office and let us know if there is a family member with a particular interest and we can discuss options.
On the media and Extension resource front, two new items are available that will interest local producers. First the 2007 Crop Performance Bulletin is now available. This includes unbiased yield performance trials from twelve locations around Indiana allowing one to make better seed purchase decisions for next spring's planting. A paper copy is available in the office and one can view the report online at www.agry.purdue.edu/pcpp/index.html to view the entire booklet or just the tables. The complete report is not as lengthy as in the past due to no long term comparisons. Three or five year comparisons have become impossible due to the genetic stacking additions to hybrids and varieties that make multiple year comparisons difficult to do fairly.
Producers will want to check out this information when making seed purchase decisions in the coming weeks. Unlike projected forage and wheat seed supplies of this past fall, most report that corn and soybean seed supplies are adequate for next season.
Secondly, the Purdue Agricultural Economics Department has released its custom rates survey. Publication EC-130 entitled "Indiana Custom Rates" actually just came out today. This publication is very useful in finding averages and ranges of typical costs for a variety of farm related tasks. These include planting, harvesting, fence building, grading, hauling, tiling, spraying, spreading, and dozing. Contact the office for a copy or go to www.ces.purdue.edu/marketing/EC-130-W.pd... to view online.
Another item commonly requested at the end of the year is the Indiana Farm Record Books. These are available in the Extension office for $11 and there is a supply currently at both the Clay and Owen offices.
Please contact us if you have questions and have a safe holiday season.
You can contact the local Purdue Extension Office by calling 829-5020 Ext. 14 in Owen County or 448-9041 in Clay County for more information or publication copies regarding this week's column topic or to RSVP for upcoming events. Please call first to assure items are ready when you arrive and to RSVP for programs. While most publications are free, some do have a fee. All times listed are Eastern Time.
Dec. 24-25 Extension Offices Closed for Christmas Holiday
Jan. 1 Extension Offices Closed for New Year's Day
Jan. 8 Region 5 Indiana Beef Cattle Assoc. Program, Greencastle, 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 9-12 National No-till Conference, Cincinnati, OH
Jan. 15 Starting Bee Keeping, Session 1 of 4, Spencer, 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 17 First of six weekly Marketing Commodities for Farm Women, Brazil, 7 p.m.
Jan. 28 Clay County Extension Advisory Council Annual Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 28-30 Indiana Hort Congress, Indianapolis
Feb. 13-16 National Farm Machinery Show, Louisville, Ky.
Feb. 26 Starting Bee Keeping, Session 2 of 4, Spencer, 6:30 p.m.