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COLUMBIA CITY, IN -- Farmers, crop advisors and pesticide applicators have the opportunity to learn more about crop diagnostics at a June 23 workshop featuring specialists from Purdue University and Ohio State University.

The NEPAC Diagnostic Training Workshop will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. (8:30 a.m. registration) at the Northeast Purdue Agricultural Center (NEPAC), 4821 E. 400 S. Columbia City, IN. The workshop focuses on strategies for nutrient and pest management, along with practices to improve corn and soybean yields. There will also be a demonstration on cleanout of spraying equipment and information on managing weed resistance.

Topics and speakers are:

• "Corn and Soybean Pest Updates for 2015" by John Obermeyer - Purdue Entomology Dept.

• "Plant Populations for Corn: Where is the Sweet Spot?" by Bob Nielsen - Purdue Agronomy Dept.

• "Nutrient Management: Timing of Applications and Other Considerations" by Jim Camberato - Purdue Agronomy Dept.

• "Soybean Yield Management: Reaching the Next Level" by Shaun Casteel - Purdue Agronomy Dept.

• "Nematodes in Corn and Soybeans: ID and Research Updates" by Terry Niblack - Ohio State Plant Pathology Dept.

• "Rethinking the Sprayer Clean Out" by Fred Whitford-Purdue Pesticide Program

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• "Herbicide Classification and Mode of Action" by Ed Farris - Purdue Extension Educator

Applications for approval of recertification credits have been submitted for this workshop including: Commercial Category 1, 14 and RT credits (CCHs); Private Applicator Recertification Program (PARP) credits; and crop advisor credits (CEUs).

Registration of $60 per person is due by June 19. Lunch will be provided. A brochure/registration form is available at the Purdue Extension Huntington County Website (http://extension.purdue.edu/Huntington/) by clicking the "Agriculture" tab.

Continuing education credits for the Private Applicator Recertification Program will be available for $10. Farmers are reminded to bring their pesticide applicator cards for registration.

For more information, contact Ed Farris, Purdue Extension educator in Huntington County, at 260-358-4826, emfarris@purdue.edu.

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