Hoosier Ag Today will present a series of free seminars at the Indiana-Illinois Farm Equipment Show, December 12-14, that will be a toolbox of practical information growers will need for the 2018 growing season. “The 2018 production season will be a challenging one from both an economic and agronomic standpoint,” said Gary Truitt, President of HAT. “Our programs will focus on the three areas that are the most impactful and most uncertain: weather, weeds, and the markets.”
On Tuesday, December 12, the focus will be on agronomic issues, particularly weed control. Dr. Bill Johnson, Extension Weed Specialist at Purdue, will present a program on options for managing weed resistance and reducing the cost of weed control. He and others on the program will also update growers on the latest regulations on the use of Dicamba products. The EPA has imposed new restrictions on Dicamba products, and the program will present detailed information on the latest application regulations that growers will face in 2018. In addition, a representative of Farm Credit Mid-America will discuss operating loan and credit options for growers in 2018. With commodity prices remaining low, farmers will need to be creative to find ways of financing the cost of production for the 2018 crop. Financial experts from First Farmers Bank and Trust will be on hand for a practical discussion of options growers have for 2018 and beyond.
On Wednesday, December 13, Hoosier Ag Today Chief Meteorologist Ryan Martin will present an outlook on weather for the 2018 growing season. This will be followed by a market and economic forecast from Dr. Chris Hurt, Purdue Ag Economist. This is an extremely popular program that typically draws a standing room only crowd.
On Thursday, December 14, the futures markets will be the focus. Bill Gentry, from Risk Management Commodities in Lafayette, will present a program on trading and market strategies for 2018. He will advise growers how to most profitably market their 2017 crop and how to develop a marketing plan for their 2018 crop.
All seminars are being sponsored by Farm Credit Mid-America and will begin at 11 am EST in the West Pavilion of the Indiana State Fairgrounds. At the end of each HAT seminar, a series of door prizes will be awarded, including a new toolbox from Hoosier Ag Today.
This is the 39th annual Indiana-Illinois Farm and Outdoor Power Equipment Show and will be held at the West Pavilion of the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. Over 350 exhibitors will fill every inch of the 170,000 square foot show floor. “With another tough financial year ahead in agriculture, farmers will be looking for new tools and new ways to lower their operating costs and improve their efficiency. This show is a great place to make that happen,” said Truitt.