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The Purdue University Commercial Nursery and Landscape program strives to make the industry in Indiana, the Midwest, and the United States more profitable, sustainable, effective and efficient, while increasing the quality of life for the owners, employees, and the general public through education, research, and outreach programs. The Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, with the assistance of Purdue University Extension, aides in facilitating these endeavors. Being a leading land grant institution, extension and outreach programs are designed to facilitate the advancement of agricultural industries, including the Nursery and Landscape Industry. We will commit to the industry to develop and maintain effective educational programming and research that will be relevant and productive for the industry’s needs. We always welcome feedback to become a more efficient resource for the Nursery and Landscape Industry.

 

Kyle Daniel Purdue Field Day 
 
 

On Tuesday, July 14, 2015 the Purdue Turf Program, the Purdue Green Industry Working Group and the Midwest Regional Turf Foundation successfully hosted the Turf and Landscape Field Day. Rubber boots were needed at this year’s field day due to all the recent rains and we even had to extract a couple of cars from our grass parking lot but the weather on field day was wonderful and the education, food, and exhibitors were top notch!

The Turf and Landscape Field Day is Indiana’s largest Green Industry field day. This was the second year with landscape research tours added. Specialists from four different departments in the College of Agriculture shared with Green Industry professionals their research findings, recommendations, as well as advice on troubleshooting problems.

It was a great opportunity for those attending to receive education, research updates, product updates and also a great opportunity to network with their colleagues and exhibitors in the Green Industry. The field day featured 41 exhibitors representing companies from around the region ranging the gamut from equipment, seed, fertilizers, pesticides, landscape plants, hardscape and more. The 489 attendees where mostly from Indiana and all its surrounding states but many national representatives were also there from various companies to learn more about Purdue’s latest green industry research. 

Attendees came from a variety of backgrounds including business owners, managers and staff of wholesale and retail nurseries, landscape management firms, greenhouse growers, golf course superintendents and staff, lawn care companies, grounds maintenance departments, landscape design and installation firms, garden centers, consulting firms, educational institutions, suppliers and more! This year’s field day provided three morning research tours and three afternoon tours including a popular weed garden tour, discussion on water conservation, and a tour of landscape/tree research at the Meigs Farm.

Nineteen different speakers were at the field day including Purdue faculty/staff from Botany and Plant Pathology, Entomology, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, and Forestry and Natural Resources. This year’s field day was once again a success and continues to be a leading provider of information and education among the Midwest turf professionals and the Green Industry. Mark your calendars for next year’s Turf and Landscape Field Day, July 12, 2016.

Thank you all for coming!

Aaron Patton, Turf Extension Specialist
 
Kyle Daniel. Landscape and Nursery Extension Specialist

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Educational Opportunities:

The Indiana Green Expo (IGE) is Indiana's most comprehensive green industry educational conference and trade show. It is a time of education, new products and networking with industry members. The IGE features exhibiting companies from around the country. Our attendees are from Indiana and the surrounding states which include business owners, managers and staff of wholesale and retail nurseries, landscape management firms, greenhouse growers, golf course superintendents and staff, grounds maintenance departments, landscape design and installation firms, garden centers, consulting firms, educational institutions, suppliers and more! Go to www.indianagreenexpo.com for more information.

 

For questions, please contact Kyle Daniel at 765.494.7621.


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