COLUMBIA CITY — Crop advisors, pesticide applicators and growers have the opportunity to learn more about crop diagnostics at a June 18 workshop featuring specialists from Purdue University.

The NEPAC Crop Diagnostic Workshop will run 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (8:30 a.m. registration) at the Northeast Purdue Agricultural Center, 4821 E. C.R. 400S, Columbia City. The workshop focuses on strategies for nutrient, disease and weed management, along with practices to improve corn and soybean yields.

Topics and speakers are:

• “Update on Weed Control Strategies and Herbicide Resistance,” by Bill Johnson and Marcelo Zimmer — Purdue Botany & Plant Pathology Department.

• “Crop Disease Management Updates,” by Darcy Telenko — Purdue Botany and Plant Pathology Department.

• “Drift Issues/Pesticide Program Updates,” by Joe Becovitz, Office of Indiana State Chemist.

• “Soil Phosphorus Testing for Agronomic Efficiency Improvement and Non-Point Loss Reduction,” by Chad Penn — Purdue University Agricultural Research Service.

• “Drone (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) Technology and Uses for Crop Monitoring,” by Crystal Van Pelt, Purdue Extension Educator and Erich Eller, ForeFront Ag Solutions.

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

Registration is due by June 14 online at cvent.com/d/46qgxw. The cost to attend the workshop is $90 per person. Lunch is provided.

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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