WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — On Sept. 5, Purdue University Extension will host its annual Crops Field Day at the Purdue Agronomy Center for Research and Education in West Lafayette.

The field day, which is sponsored by the Indiana Soybean Alliance and the Indiana Corn Marketing Council, will address important topics that crop producers face, including the challenges they faced this spring and summer due to flooding and excessive rainfall.

Andrew Westfall, White County Extension director, said the annual field day covers important issues that have taken place in the growing season as farmers prepare for harvest.

Westfall said the field day will feature Beth Hall, the new Indiana state climatologist.

“The new state climatologist will share a 2019 update and give as much of forecast for the rest of the year as she can,” Westfall said.

Westfall said that other topics that will be covered at the field day include emerging crop diseases, weather outlook and the growing hemp industry.

Westfall noted that a Purdue economist also will speak about the crop market outlook and economic implications from the challenging 2019 season.

“We will also have a safety specialist to talk about harvesting immature corn crop, because of the late planting,” Westfall said, adding that the specialist will talk about ways to safely handle and store grains as farmers try to get them in before the first frost.

Westfall said that the field day will begin at the Beck Agricultural Center on the Agronomy farm, and throughout the day attendees will be taken by wagon around the farm to look at different field plots firsthand.

Besides addressing current topics in the industry, Westfall said the field day also will celebrate Purdue’s 150th anniversary, and the 70th anniversary of the agronomy farm.

Westfall said that past researchers from the farm who provided crucial innovation and discoveries through their work will be part of the celebration.

ACRE is located at 4540 US-52, West Lafayette. For more information or to register for the field day, visit tinyurl.com/y3m4rqsb.

Ashley Langreck can be reached at 800-426-9438, ext. 192, or alangreck@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Langreck.

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