Give yourself an early Christmas present that could keep on giving for years to come through the knowledge you gain. Circle Dec.16 on your calendar and plan to attend a unique planter clinic hosted by Mike Starkey and Family. Starkey farms near Brownsburg, and also operates a sideline business selling Dawn equipment, primarily different attachments to make your planter work better in cover crop and no-till situations.
The 4th annual No-Till Planter Clinic kicks off at 8:45 a.m. EST with an official welcome by Starkey and AJ Adkins, who assists on the farm and in the planter supply business. Rodney Rulon, Rulon Enterprises, Cicero, will be the lead speaker, discussing unique ways for planting cover crops.
The featured speaker is Paul Jones from the University of Nebraska. Working with tillage systems at Nebraska since 1978, he will share his expertise related to the pluses and minuses of various planter set-ups in no-till environments. It's a rare opportunity to hear this expert talk in Indiana.
Lunch will be provided. Other speakers include Mike Dunn with the Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn Marketing Council, and Harold Thompson, a local soil conservation expert.
Hal Brown and his son, Ty, farmers near Mulberry, will discuss what's new in the planter market, and also talk about where drone technology may fit in agriculture. They also have a side business selling Drago combine heads in Indiana.
The Browns hosted the evening session of the Indiana Farm Management tour in 2013, which doubled as the 2013 Master Farmer awards ceremony. (Nominations for 2014 Master Farmers are now being accepted, and are due by Feb 15. Click here for more information.)
Finally, the program wraps up with a panel discussion and a chance for participants to ask questions.
You can register through the Hendricks County Soil and Water Conservation District by calling 317-745-2555, or emailing [email protected].
Starkey Farms is located at 10132 E, CR 700N, Brownsburg, IN 46112.