Will Indiana corn and soybean planting be completed by June 26 and 27? The organizers of the 2013 Purdue Farm Management Tour sure hope so. If farmers aren’t in the fields it will help attendance at the event which is centered this summer in Clinton County. Alan Miller says there will be a lot of variety on the tour and one goal was to offer examples of crop rotations.
“I think we did real well there,” he told HAT. “We’ve got two farms that have experience with rotations, both good and bad experience, and so that’s good for learning and good for an educational program like ours. We were looking for farms that were relatively small by today’s standards and we picked one farm and possible two that we felt fit into that category. They’re a little bit smaller type of farm but still successful.”
Technology and machinery modifications are part of the variety farmers will see. Livestock operations, one large and one small will be featured, and irrigation was a focal point this year. Miller says even just north of central Indiana they found an irrigated operation to put on the tour.
“There’s been a lot of interest in places like Tippecanoe County and investing in irrigation. We’ve got a farm on the tour with irrigation in an area we wouldn’t normally associate with irrigation, and so we want to talk about the economics of that type of investment.”
Organizers are achieving another goal this year. The Master Farmer Banquet that has gone on the road with the tour the last two years will be held on the farm of the final tour stop on day one. That’s the first time they’ve been able to arrange that. The tour is open to everyone and is free of charge but those wanting lunch are asked to pre-register. The banquet cost is $25 per person.
The tour schedule for 2013:
Wednesday, June 26
12:00 P.M. EDT Lunch at Jay Hawley Farm provided by Clinton County Pork Producers and Indiana Pork.
1:00 P.M. EDT Jay Hawley Farm at 7628 East County Road 500 S, Kirklin, IN.
3:00 P.M. EDT-5:00 P.M. Windy Lane Farms (Hal and Ty Brown) at 6147 N Co Rd 500 W, Mulberry, IN.
5:15 P.M. EDT Master Farmer Banquet at Windy Lane Farms
Thursday, June 27
8:00 A.M. EDT Gary and Larry Neal Farms at 492 North County Rd 200 W, Frankfort, IN.
10:00 A.M. EDT Jeff and Kent Need Farms at 5792 N County Rd 0 EW, Frankfort, IN.
12:00 P.M. EDT Lunch at Meadow Lane Farms and the Agricultural outlook update by Dr. Chris Hurt.
1:30 P.M. EDT-3:30 P.M. Meadow Lane Farms (Mike Beard and family) at 4249 N 450 W, Frankfort, IN.
Farm tour registration is online at http://www.agecon.purdue.edu/commercialag/progevents/tour.html or by calling 765-494-4310.
Banquet Pre-registration: Advance reservations are required to attend this event. No tickets will be available on the day of the farm tour. Please pre-register by Wednesday, June 19th through the Purdue Ag Alumni Association by calling 765-494-8593.
Hear more from Miller:Alan Miller on FMT 2013