Within the last year, I have heard many people say this or that was "the best kept secret in Indiana."
Well, one of the things that I have been told is the best kept secret in Indiana is Purdue Extension. Therefore, to help spread the word about some of the resources available through Purdue Extension, I thought I would utilize this week's column to let you know about some of the free resources you can obtain by contacting your local extension office.
For those of you interested in identifying forages, there are a handful of copies of a "Grass & Legume Identification" guide by the University of Kentucky available. This 28-page black and white document provides information on how to identify various grasses, including Canada Bluegrass, Quack Grass, Reed Canary Grass, Alsike Clover and many others.
It provides information on what the leaves and stem should look like along with how the fresh seed should appear when viewed near planting time.
"A Dozen Do's for Successful No-till Corn Following Soybeans" is a 2002 publication from Purdue Extension that some area farmers might find interesting.
This document discusses how to minimize the risk of nitrogen loss, how to rely on soil conditions to determine planting date, and how to prevent soil compaction.
Other information is included on how to scout for insects, rodents, weeds and disease.
In 2004, Purdue Extension released a publication called "Atrazine Use and Weed Management Strategies to Protect Surface Water Quality." This 13-page document talks about the various factors that influence atrazine movement.
Additionally, emphasis is given on ways to reduce atrazine losses due to surface water and some of the approaches that are less effective when using atrazine.
There are several Purdue Pesticide Program Publications available at your local extension office.
A few of the titles that we have include "Pesticides and Wildlife, Poly Tanks for Farms and Businesses," "Pesticides and Water Quality," "Pesticides and Ecological Risk Assessment," "Calibrating the Hose Reel Lawn Care Sprayer," "Transporting Farm Equipment," "Carrying Farm Products and Supplies on Public Roads," Rural Security Planning," and "The Impact of Water Quality on Pesticide Performance."
Each of these publications can be a great resource to those involved with agriculture.
For instance, the "Transporting Farm Equipment" publication discusses some of the important factors that growers need to know when traveling the roads with their equipment going from field to field.
In comparison, the "Rural Security Planning" publication provides information on what security threats farms or agribusiness could be faced with and suggests security strategies that can be implemented.
All of the various publications listed here may be obtained free from your local extension office.
If you are interested in obtaining a copy of any of these publications, call your local extension office and see if they have any still available prior to showing up at the office. Each of these documents can be of great use to farmers and agribusiness managers in our area and Purdue Extension would be happy to provide you with these documents.
As always, if you have any questions or would like information on any agriculture, horticulture, or natural resource topic, then please contact your local Purdue Extension Office at 448-9041 in Clay County or 812-829-5020 in Owen County, or reach me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Upcoming opportunities available to you through Purdue Extension include:
* Aug. 16 -- First night of the Master Naturalist Course, 6-9 p.m.,
* Aug. 17 -- First day of school for Clay Community Schools,
* Aug. 19 -- First day of school for Spencer-Owen Community Schools, and
* Sept. 6 -- Holiday, Extension Offices closed.