Here are four conservation workshops or field days happening over the next couple of weeks. Pick the one closest to you and plan to attend. If you bring home one tip you can use, the day will pay for itself!
• Make Your Soil Great Again. If you live in northern Indiana, head toward Goshen and the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds on March 1 for this meeting. Indiana’s state conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Jane Hardisty, will address the morning crowd, followed by Dave Brandt, an Ohio farmer who arguably has no-tilled and used cover crops longer than anyone else around. You’re guaranteed to learn valuable tips from both of these speakers. Farmers are also slated to be on a panel discussion. The program begins at 8:30 a.m. EST and ends at 3:30 p.m.
• Conservation Day with Jim Hoorman. It's not just anyone who gets their name in the field day title. But then, Jim Hoorman isn’t just any speaker. The Ohio State University specialist offers a unique soil conservation message. This event on March 3, sponsored by the Jasper County Soil and Water Conservation District, begins at 8 a.m. EST at the Vincennes University- Jasper Campus. Lunch will be provided. There is a $5 registration fee.
• 24th Annual Regional No-till Breakfast in Ripley County. This is a tradition in southeast Indiana! Probably more farmers have taken tips home from this meeting and applied them to their operations than from any other meeting in Indiana. Held at the Hopewell Baptist Church near Holton on March 9, start time is 8 a.m., with breakfast for $5. Purdue University’s Extension weed specialist Bryan Young will start the discussion. Everyone present pitches in ideas at this one!
• 11th annual Conservation Tillage Breakfast and Workshop. Zimmer Tractor in Brookville hosts this meeting on March 11. Breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m. EST. Topics will range from nitrogen management to an update on Mike Starkey’s edge-of-field monitoring project in Hendricks County. Mary Rodenhuis will wrap up the program before lunch. The Franklin County Extension ag educator will discuss current Indiana fertilizer regulations.