4 articles tagged "Farm Management".

With harvest around the corner for many fruit crops, I thought this would be a good time to remind readers about our email lists. Various forms of social media is used by just about everyone in today’s society.  While Facebook and Twitter are much more commonly used than email, there is still a place for email lists. Mail lists continue to be a successful communication tool for groups of people. The way a mail list works is that people subscribe and then have the authority to post messages to the list. All other subscribers on the list receive the messages. One message can be sent to hundreds of readers at once. Replies to messages on a mail list can either go only to the sender of the message or to the entire list. Purdue HLA Extension maintains two mail lists for users. The “Fruitveg” list is for all fruit and vegetable growers, farm[Read More…]


Garwood Orchard

Thanks to all members of the Garwood family and staff who hosted us for the summer field day last week. Growers were inspired by the excellent job Garwoods do with fruit and vegetable production and marketing. The fruit, vegetable and farm marketing industries in the state were well represented, and all in attendance appreciated members of the Garwood family sharing their many successes and a few challenges along the way. Thanks to Brian and all members of the Garwood family and staff for their hospitality. Sincerely, Peter Hirst  


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FieldWatch is an easy-to-use, reliable, accurate and secure on-line mapping tool intended to enhance communications that promote awareness and stewardship activities between producers of specialty crops, beekeepers, and pesticide applicators. Originally developed at Purdue University, FieldWatch is now a non-profit company with support from producers, applicators, agricultural chemical companies and other organizations. The program allows specialty crop producers and beekeepers to enter their locations on a secure on-line map. The map is viewed by pesticide applicators so they know what crops are in the area they intend to treat. All you need to do to sign up is visit http://www.fieldwatch.com/ and follow the easy tutorials under the resources tab. Once you have an account, you should be asked to update your FieldWatch (DriftWatch) information each year. If you have not heard from FieldWatch recently, log on to to update your account information. The service is free. You can purchase signs[Read More…]


WASHINGTON, Mar. 15, 2017 –America’s farmers and ranchers will soon have the opportunity to strongly represent agriculture in their communities and industry by taking part in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the census, to be mailed at the end of this year, is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches, and those who operate them. “The Census of Agriculture remains the only source of uniform, comprehensive, and impartial agriculture data for every county in the nation,” said NASS Administrator Hubert Hamer. “As such, census results are relied upon heavily by those who serve farmers and rural communities, including federal, state and local governments, agribusinesses, trade associations, extension educators, researchers, and farmers and ranchers themselves.” The Census of Agriculture highlights land use and ownership, operator characteristics, production practices, income and expenditures, and other topics.[Read More…]