Irrigated Field Crops Update

Purdue Extension is hosting an irrigation workshop at the SW Purdue Ag Center (4669 N Purdue Rd., Vincennes, IN) on Thursday, March 15th from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Here’s a draft agenda:

8:30 a.m. Welcome

9:00 a.m.

Irrigation Scheduling (Lyndon Kelley)

Checkbook Irrigation Scheduling

Soil Moisture Monitoring

Interpreting and integrating results

Indiana Water Policy and Irrigation Implications (Lyndon Kelley)

Riparian doctrine, water rights conflicts

Registration and reporting requirements

Recent changes for significate water withdrawals

Using Irrigation for Fertilizer and Chemical Application (Lyndon Kelley)

Chemigation equipment, backflow and required safety equipment

Irrigation for germination and incorporating chemicals

10:30 Break

10:45 a.m.

The Indiana LENK Group (Todd Feenstra)

Know the Pumping Impacts of Your Irrigation Well: Practical and CostEffective Monitoring (Todd Feenstra)

Best Management Practices for Irrigated Field Crop Production (Valerie Clingerman)

See full flyer here.


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SWCD Annual Meeting Next Monday!

We’ll be holding our Annual Meeting next Monday, March 5th at 6:30 pm at the VU Green Activities Center. Dawn Slack from The Nature Conservancy will be our guest speaker. The tickets are free but must be picked up or reserved by Wednesday, February 28th. Contact our office for more information.

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VU Strategic Ag Workshop: Critical Topics for the Future

Vincennes University will be hosting an Ag Workshop on Friday, January 26, 2018 in the Ft. Sackville Rooms at the Beckes Student Union (1101 N 2nd St, Vincennes, IN 47591).

Draft Agenda:

8:30-9:00        Registration
9:00-9:05        Welcome and agenda overview
9:05-10:00      Speaker – Soil Health and Nutrient Loading by Dr. Shalamar Armstrong,
Purdue Agronomy Department
10:00-10:15     Break/Networking time
10:15–11:15     Farmer Panel – Navigating through Tough Times
Mike Bell – Sullivan, IN
Kelly Cheesewright – Dana, IN
Jeff Smiley – Greensburg, IN
Mike Starkey – Brownsburg, IN
Moderated by Tom Bechman – Prairie Farmer
11:15-11:30     Break/Networking
11:30–12:30     Speaker – Farm Credit – Brent Ditmars, Regional Vice President of Farm Credit
– Tips and Suggestions from a Creditor’s Perspective
12:30–1:15     Lunch included in Workshop fee/Networking
1:15-2:15       Speaker – Changes in the Ag Industry by Todd Gleason – WILL Radio
2:15-2:30       Break/Networking
2:30-3:30       Speaker – Marketing Outlook by Todd Horwitz, Bubba Trading

The cost to attend is $20. For more information and registration: visit

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Save the Date for Our 2018 Annual Meeting!

Our 2018 Annual Meeting will be on Monday, March 5th, 2018. Stay tuned for more details!

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Invasive Species Technician Position for SW Indiana

The Vanderburgh County SWCD along with Gibson, Pike, Posey and Warrick Counties have been awarded a 2018 CWI grant for an Invasive Technician which Vanderburgh is the lead district.  They will be hiring this person early next year.  A job application must be completed and turned into the Vanderburgh office, a resume may be included but the application must be submitted by December 15th, 2017.

View application here.

View the job description here.

For more information, contact Erin Shoup at 812-423-4426 ext 3 or

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Deadline for 2018 EQIP Applications Announced

The deadline for Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) applications is December 15th for 2018 funding consideration. Contact our office for more information!

Read the full press release here.

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October Weed of the Month: Chinese Silver Grass

Chinese Silver Grass (aka Miscanthus) is producing seeds right now making it very noticeable. See our fact sheet here.

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September Board Meeting Tomorrow Morning

The September board meeting will be tomorrow at 7 am, instead of the usual third Wednesday.

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Woodland Invasive Plant Training – 9/16/17

The Knox County Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) is hosting a woodland invasive plant training with Purdue Extension Forester Ron Rathfon on Saturday, September 16th from 8:30 am to noon at the Southwest Purdue Ag Center (4369 Purdue Rd, Vincennes, IN 47591). Woodland owners, contractors, nature enthusiasts, and others are invited to attend. Topics will include invasive plant identification, invasive plant control, technical and financial assistance, and a field demonstration. Category II CCHs will potentially be available.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Will Drews at or (812) 882-8210 ext. 119.

Click here for a printable flyer.

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Celebrate Pollinator Week with Native Plants!

Join us this Saturday, June 24th at the Historic Vincennes Farmers Market to get some great native pollinator plants from us! We’ll have over 20 different species of native wildflowers and grasses including Common Milkweed, which is a host plant for Monarch butterflies!

Monarch caterpillar on Common Milkweed

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