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79th Farm Management Tour

Thursday, June 2, 2011

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 uses a herd bull. The actual possibilities of differences are endless.

One way that you can expose yourself to differences among farming operations is to attend the 79th Indiana Farm Management Tour, that will take place June 28-29, in Daviess, Knox and Sullivan counties.

This tour is a collaborative 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. The farms included in the tour are Del Unger Farms, Melon Acres, T.S. Boyd Grain, Carnahan and Sons and Villwock Farms.

The annual tour encourages and develops a high level of management knowledge and skill among Hoosier farmers.

While at Del Unger Farms June 28, you will get the chance to learn about fine-tuning nutrients with plant tissue testing and foliar fertilization. In comparison, you will hear about how Villwock Farms was re-established after the initial Hoosier Homestead was lost to eminent domain in 2007-08.

Participation in the tours is free, but you do need to register for the event by June 14. To register, call 765-482-0750. If you would like to look at the itinerary and obtain directions to the farms, go to http://www.agecon.purdue.edu/extension/p.... There is a separate registration if you would like to attend the Indiana Prairie Farmer Master Farmer Banquet June 28, at Vincennes University's John Deere Building (call 765-494-8593 for more information).

Next time as you are driving down the road, you might note of some differences among the farming operations in your own neighborhood. Some of those differences are very noticeable while others are more difficult to see. If you have the chance, take some time and attend the 79th Indiana Farm Management Tour so that you can learn more about the differences in farming operations and increase your knowledge about agriculture.

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 smith535@purdue.edu.

Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.

Upcoming opportunities available to you through Purdue Extension include:

* June 8-10 -- Home and Family Conference, Purdue University, and

* June 11 -- Dobbs Park Fishing Derby. A wide variety of activities for youth. Go to http://www.terrehaute.in.gov/departments....