WANATAH — Agribusiness professionals, consultants and crop advisers who work with farmers will learn new strategies for identifying and responding to a variety of crop problems at two workshops beginning in June at Purdue University's Pinney Purdue Ag Center near Wanatah.

Participants will gain practical knowledge that will help them assist farmers in managing the nutrient, pest and environmental factors that influence crop growth. The workshops are presented by experts from Purdue Extension Field Crops team.

The workshop schedule at Pinney Purdue Ag Center:

• June 19 from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. – Early Season Diagnostic Workshop. Early season corn and soybean growth and development, weed and insect pest management, herbicide performance plots, and minimizing herbicide injury. Cost is $50.

• Sept. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. – Late Season Diagnostic Workshop. Late season plant disease identification and management, corn and soybean growth, development and harvest issues, end-of-season nutrient and weed management, and cover crops management. Cost is $50.

In addition, the annual Pinney Purdue Field Day will be held on Aug. 21, for farmers, professionals and public. More details about the field day will be available in June.

Pinney Purdue Ag Center is located at 11402 South County Line Road, Wanatah about 2 miles west of Wanatah and 1/2 mile north of U.S. 30 on the La Porte-Porter County Line. Continuing education credits will be available for crop advisers (CEUs), commercial (CCH) and private applicators (PARP, with $10 fee). Farmers are reminded to bring their pesticide applicator cards for registration. Lunch is included with all of the events.

Registration is required at least one week before each diagnostic workshop. For more information, go to http://www.cvent.com/d/m6q6d2. For specific details and available credits, contact Purdue Extension at 324-9407.

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