Corn and Soybean growers attending the Indiana Farm Equipment and Technology Expo, held December 11-13 in the West Pavilion of the Indiana State Fairgrounds, will have the unique opportunity to talk one-on-one with some of the top agronomists and Extension experts in the state. On Wednesday, December 12, Dr. Bob Nielsen, Purdue Extension corn specialist, will be in the Rural King Coffee Shop on the west side of the Expo show floor to chat with farmers in a relaxed and informal setting. With free coffee and donuts to spur the conversation, growers can talk with Nielsen about their particular operations and the problems they are facing in corn production. Planting dates, planting depth, plant populations, disease management, fertility, and many more topics will be on the table for discussion. These discussions may be in small groups or one-on-one depending on who stops by. Hoosier Ag Today broadcaster Andy Eubank will also be on hand to help facilitate the discussions. At about noon, after his seminar presentation, popular ag economist Dr. Chris Hurt will be in the Coffee Shop to talk one-on-one with farmers about the economic and market outlook for 2019.
On Thursday, December 13, beginning at 9am, Dr. Shaun Casteel, Purdue Extension soybean specialist, will be in the Coffee Shop to talk beans. Again, this will be a low key, informal time to cover a wide variety of issues with one of the top soybean experts and researchers in the state. No appointments are needed — just stroll in, grab a donut, and talk beans. Also appearing in the Coffee Shop later on Thursday morning will be Kyle Tom of Tom Farms; Brian Bush from Pioneer; Mark Anson, cover crop farmer; and Ben Wicker, Indiana Agriculture Nutrient Alliance.
The Coffee Shop is being sponsored by Rural King and will feature Victor Allan coffee, on sale at all Rural King locations.