The third annual No-till Planter Clinic in central Indiana will be held on Dec. 4 at the Mike Starkey farm. It's located in Marion County, but near Brownsburg. Starkey is a no-tiller who also believes in cover crops and gypsum applications as part of a total package that makes no-till work, even on his level to gently rolling soils.
The event is co-sponsored by the Hendricks and Marion County soil and water conservation districts. Jared Chew, former head of the Division of Soil Conservation within the Indiana Department of Agriculture, now based in the SWCD office in Danville, says the day should be worthwhile for those wanting to learn specifics about making no-till work. The special emphasis will be on planters.
Starkey is becoming a veteran at hosting events. He hosted the signing of the second CREP agreement with Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman two years ago. He and his family have also hosted a recent Purdue University-Indiana Farm Management Tour stop. His farm was also the staging area for five weeks in 2011 when John Deere Company covered 80 acres with equipment and demonstrations during the largest single introduction of new equipment in their history.
The program begins at 8:45 a.m. local time and runs until 3:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Reservations are requested by Nov. 26. Call 317-745-2555 to make reservations.
Key speakers include Starkey, Joe Nester, a leading independent crops consultant who works in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio, plus a panel of farmers who no-till. Also helping sponsor the event are Reynolds John Deere, Bane Case-IH Equipment, and Agro-Cultures liquid fertilizer.
To be held in a heated farm shop, the day should feature good back and forth discussion, especially on how planters should be set up for no-till. If you have GPS and want to plug in the address you're seeking, it's 10132 E, CR 700N, Brownsburg, Ind., 46112.