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Purdue Extension Agronomy Workshop planned for January 22nd

 

Agronomy Workshop – Soil testing and use of test results to select the right fertilizer and Ag lime products (PARP will be offered) 

January 22nd 2019 (6:30-9:00pm)

Location: Clark County 4-H Fairgrounds (9608 Highway 62, Charlestown, IN 47111)

Understanding and/or constantly updating your knowledge on how to handle the health and health needs of the soil so as to avoid creating unforeseen long-term problems to land productivity is extremely important. After all the most valuable resource of every farmer is the land and having an interest in its wellbeing is only the right thing to do.

While the application of fertilizer and Ag lime has productivity benefits and these products get used frequently on crops and pastures, their misuse can lead to problems on the land. It is not always easy, and indeed almost impossible to get it perfectly right with the use of Fertilizers and Ag lime products, but putting due diligence to the use of these products, would often lead to minor errors, which would hopefully be corrected by the resilience of the soil. The ability of the soil to cleanse itself of errors gets problematic with wide swings of under or over application of Ag Lime and/or fertilizer. Sadly, because the soil is constantly at work to correct itself under adverse situations, the problem of under/over application of lime and fertilizer may not be noticed for several years. A land that turns alkaline from over application of Ag lime for instance does not get to that stage with only one year of over application of lime. It takes many years of cumulative abuse to get to that stage.

It is also worth noting that the excess lime material used for several years leading to alkalinity problems involves the waste of precious time and the loss of scarce dollars. It will equally take several years of extra man hours and the spending of more dollars to get the land back to where it needs to be. In other words, either way, it is not a win-win situation for the crop farmer or rancher as there is a double loss in man hours and dollars. The same applies to the over/under use of fertilizer or the use of the wrong type of fertilizer

To address this problem and to educate farmers, Clark County Extension will host an Agronomy workshop, moderated by Dr. Jim Camberato, Purdue University, Department of Agronomy on January 22, 2019 at 6:30pm. Jim will take participants through all what they need to know on soil testing processes and the use of soil test results to select the right fertilizer and Ag lime for their farms.

Simon Kafari, ANR Extension Educator will teach a PARP regulatory topic “BeeAware”  to enable pesticide users to get recertification credits. If you are interested in PARP credits, please bring your PA card for registration.

Although the workshop is free, registration is required to attend as a minimum number is required for the program to come on. To register for this event, or if you have questions about the event, please call the Clark County Extension office (812-256-4591). You may also register by sending an e-mail to Skafari@purdue.edu. RSVP with the Clark County Extension Office by January 18th, 2019. Should you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, prior to the day of the workshop, please contact the Extension office.

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