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Differences between farms

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Every day, I pass several farms on my drive to and from work.

The farms generally consist of corn and soybean fields with a few head of livestock.

Even though those farms are producing the same type of items, they are unique in their own way.

Those differences might be that one uses GPS technology to monitor their fields while another relies on less modern technology to get the job done.

In the cattle industry, one might use artificial insemination to produce offspring while their next door neighbor only uses a herd bull.

The actual possibilities of differences are endless.

One way that you can expose yourself to the differences among farming operations is to attend the 78th annual Indiana Farm Management Tour that will take place June 23-24, in Boone and Hendricks counties.

The tour is a cooperative effort of the Purdue Department of Agriculture Economics, Purdue Extension and the Indiana Farm Management Association, Inc.

By participating in the event, you will have the chance to visit farms that demonstrate successful farm business management practices or have unique perspectives on farm business management.

The farms included in the tour are Prairie Creek Cattle Co., Dull's Tree Farm, Little Ireland Farm, Inc., Starkey Farms Partnership and Hession Farms, Inc.

The Annual Indiana Farm Management Tour encourages and develops a high level of management knowledge and skill among Hoosier farmers.

While at Starkey Farms Partnership June 24, you will get the chance to listen to Joe Kelsay, director of the Indiana Department of Agriculture.

Participation in the tour is free, but you do need to register for the event by June 16.

To register, call 1-765-482-0750 or 1-317-745-9260.

If you would like to look at the itinerary and obtain directions to the farms, check out http://www.agecon.purdue.edu/extension/p....

Another great possibility to expand your knowledge about farming could occur when you attend the Annual Purdue Weed Day July 1.

It will run from 8:30 a.m.-noon, at Throckmorton-Purdue Agriculture Center in Lafayette.

At this event, Purdue Extension Weed Specialist Bill Johnson and his graduate students will discuss new herbicides, volunteer corn competition and control in corn and soybeans.

Additional discussion will follow on Liberty Link soybeans, dicamba-tolerant soybeans, co-applications of herbicides, insecticides and fungicides.

The event is free, however, you must pre-register for it. To pre-register, log on to http://www.byny.purdue.edu/WeedScience/T..., or contact Bill Johnson at 1-765-494-4656.

Next time as you are driving down the road, you might note some differences among the farming operations in your own neighborhood.

Some of those differences are very noticeable while others are hard to notice.

If you have the chance, take some time and attend the 78th Annual Indiana Farm Management Tour and the Annual Purdue Weed Day so that you can learn more about the differences in farming operations and increase you knowledge about agriculture.

As always, if you have any questions or would like more information on any agriculture, horticulture, or natural resource topic, contact your local Purdue Extension Office at 448-9041 in Clay County or 1-812-829-5020 in Owen County, or reach me directly at smith535@purdue.edu.

Upcoming opportunities available to you through Purdue Extension include:

* June 5 -- Walking Stick Workshop, McCormick's Creek State Park, $5/project,

* June 5 -- National Trails Day Activities, Cagles Mill Lake (Lieber SRA),

* June 8 -- Clay County Extension Board meeting,

* June 12 -- Bird Fest, Turkey Run State Park,

* June 23-24 -- 78th Annual Indiana Farm Management Tour, and

* July 1 -- Purdue Weed Day, Lafayette.