Boone County is sponsoring a Farm Bill Signup and Farm Financial Management Program from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Boone County 4-H Fairgrounds Farm Bureau Community Building, 1300 E. 100 S., Lebanon.

The focus of the program will be on the 2018 Farm Bill; how to sign up for it, how to decide which option is best for you, and crop insurance options. There will also be sessions on general farm financial management.

Program topics include:

• 2018 Farm Bill Signup

• How to Select Between 2018 Farm Bill Options

• Successful Farm Financial Management

• Working with Your Ag Lender

• Crop Insurance Options and Signup in 2020

Speakers will include Ashlee Rathburn from the USDA Farm Service Agency, Colleen Luse from Luse Seed and Insurance, Michael Langemeier from the Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture and Jon Stevens and Rick Isenhower from the State Bank of Lizton. A lunch, sponsored by State Bank of Lizton, will be provided.

There is no cost to attend, however, advance registration is requested to help with meal planning. You may register by calling the Boone County Extension Office at 765-482-0750, visiting the website at http://bit.ly/3029nnl, or emailing to cemanuel@purdue.edu.

Fallow Syndrome in Corn

If no crops were planted in a field in 2019 and the farmer controlled weeds on these acres so the ground was mainly bare, that field may be at risk of something known as Fallow Syndrome. This occurs in fields which have no living root systems for an extended period of time. Without roots to live on, soil microbial populations decline so much that there are not enough present to convert nutrients into a plant-available form during the growing season.

This is particularly a problem in fields that will be planted to corn; soybeans are less impacted. Rescue treatments once the problem has surfaced are not very effective. I wrote an article on this last fall and will not repeat it here but think this is potentially enough of an issue that I want to mention it again.

Two articles that explain the risk of Fallow Syndrome and what can be done to prevent it are a University of Missouri Integrated Pest Management bulletin, “Stunted Corn Following Prevented Planting – Fallow Syndrome,” located online at: https://ipm.missouri.edu/IPCM/2016/6/Stunted_Corn_Following_Prevented_Planting-Fallow_Syndrome/ and a University of Minnesota Extension article, “Reduce the risk of fallow syndrome with cover crops,” by Lizabeth Stahl, Fabian Fernandez, and Daniel Kaiser, available online at: https://extension.umn.edu/cover-crops/reduce-risk-fallow-syndrome-cover-crops.

Curt Emanuel is the Boone County Extension Educator.

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