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Precision ag is focus of Tillage Expo
By MICHELE F. MIHALJEVICH
Indiana Correspondent

AUBURN, Ind. — Precision agriculture and other high tech solutions will be the focus of this year’s Tri-State Conservation Tillage Expo. The fifth annual Expo is Feb. 22 at the Kruse World War II Victory Museum in Auburn.

Speakers will discuss GPS and zone tillage, and how to benefit from high tech data, said Jane Loomis, executive director of the St. Joseph River Watershed Initiative. The watershed initiative is the sponsor of the Expo.

“We want to be sure farmers know how to use the data that is available these days,” she said. “They need to know how to get the most from the data. They need to be able to make the right decisions based on the data.”

Elwynn Taylor, extension climatologist at Iowa State University, will discuss climate and weather.

“He’s going to show us practices designed to try to outwit the weather,” Loomis said. “Weather is cyclical, and he’s going to talk about preparing for cycles.”

Other topics include an update on the watershed initiative rental program, the latest on auto steer and spray controller technologies and dealing with spill emergencies.

Cost of the Expo is $15 and includes lunch and refreshments. Registration is required. Continuing education credits for private pesticide applicators, commercial applicators and certified crop advisers are available for a $10 processing fee. Early registration deadline is Feb. 10.

The Kruse Museum is at exit 126 on Interstate 69. Turn west from the exit ramp onto County Road 11-A. Turn right into the second drive and continue on that drive to the front of the museum.

For more information, call 260-484-5848, extension 120, or visit www.sjrwi.org

This farm news was published in the February 1, 2006 issue of Farm World.

2/1/2006