The local Purdue Extension office has many neat publications available.
Unfortunately many do not realize all of these different types of media are available. Extension publications are not scientific papers 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 22-month-old and 4-year-old love 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 or seminar. So call the office and let us know if there is a family member with a particular interest and we can discuss options.
For both the urban and rural enthusiast, a very neat item for $25 is the Trees of Indiana CD which shows numerous characteristics of 102 trees commonly found in the state. Pictures and descriptions allow one to view bark, twig, leaf, and landscape characteristics of trees to aid in identification or utilization.
Other items that are available that will interest local producers include the 2008 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 http://www.agry.purdue.edu/pcpp/index.ht... 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. Most report that corn and soybean seed supplies are adequate for next season.
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. It is always best to 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. 18 Indiana Beef Cattle Association Region Program, Brazil, 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 12-14 Indiana Green Expo, Indianapolis
Jan. 13 Forestry Class-8 week evenings, Martinsville
Jan. 19-21 Hort Congress, Indianapolis
Jan. 20 Private Applicator Program, Brazil/ Spencer, 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 21-22 Heartland of America Grazing Conference, Columbus
Jan.y 21-22 Midwest Organic Conference, Indianapolis
Jan. 26 Clay Extension Advisory Council Annual Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 27 Managing Margin Risk-5 Tuesdays (Brazil and Spencer) 7 p.m.
Jan. 29 Private Applicator Program, Brazil/ Spencer, 9 a.m.