Mike Starkey, Brownsburg, just wanted to get some guys together to talk about no-till when he opened his farm shop for a no-till clinic five years ago. His shop has hosted some pretty impressive meetings, from a farmer session with U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelley, D-Ind., to Indiana State Department of Ag staff to Indiana Lt. Governor Becky Skillman, and the list goes on.
None of those meetings rate higher on his list than the no-till clinic, where farmers share information about what works and what doesn't work.
Starkey finally decided the shop wasn't big enough to hold everyone who wanted to attend. So he partnered with the Hendricks County Soil and Water Conservation District, who assisted in the past as well, and has moved it to the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds in Danville. It will be held on Dec. 15 in the conference center on the grounds. The Hendricks County Fairgrounds is one of the newest and most flexible fairgrounds in Indiana.
The clinic runs from 8 a.m. EST to 3 p.m. EST. Registration cost is $50. Register by calling 317-745-2555, or find a registration form on the Hendricks County Soil and Water Conservation District Website.
The clinic itself promises to be the best yet, Starkey notes. The discussion will be the same as always – how to improve on-farm conservation practices.
Speakers include Ray McCormick, Knox County, a 100% no-tiller. Both Starkey and McCormick have received the Master Farmer award.
Jamie Scott will also speak. He appeared on the cover of Indiana Prairie Farmer in 2013, and no-tills and strip-tills 2,000 acres. He is well known for his efforts to aerially seed cover crops on not only his own farm, but on as many farms as possible each fall.
Missy Bauer, a crops consultant, will also speak. She will be discussing planter set-up in the field.
Other features are planned. Lunch and breaks are included. See you there!