Starting out as a restaurant in Batesville many years ago, the southeast Indiana no-till breakfast has grown into a happening, more than just a meeting. Nearly 300 people gather every year for a morning of food and information. This year the breakfast if Thursday, March 8, at 8 a.m. EST. Come early! The parking lot will be full and overflowing by 7:45 a.m.!
The event will be held at the Hopewell Church, the same meeting spot used for the last several years. It is in rural Ripley County southwest of Osgood. Yes, you can get lost- the voice of experience! Get the directions you need, and make reservations, through the Ripley County soil and water conservation district at 812-689-6401, ext 3, or email Kim Jolly, district education coordinator, at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Several of the districts in southeast Indiana combine forces to help pull off this event. The Ripley County Extension Service is also heavily involved in the meeting. Various vendors will have booths and be glad to talk to you about their products. Typically, some larger no-till or specialized equipment is lined up outside at one end of the Church grounds for your inspection.
What makes this meeting unique is it features a moderator, not a speaker. Questions come from the audience. The moderator may answer a question or ask someone in the audience whom he or she knows has experience with that particular situation to answer. Sometimes, farmers in the audience volunteer answers. It's as close as one-on-one with someone who has actually done what you have questions about that you can get without driving all over the state visiting farms.
No topic related to no-till or reduced tillage, from weed control to slug control, is off-limits. If no one has the answer, the moderator will figure out how to find the answer, and relay it to the group.
If you've been tot eh meeting before, you're already on the phone making reservations. If you haven't had the chance to attend, call now to reserve your spot, even if it means driving a ways. You won't be disappointed if you're after honest talk about no-till problems, challenges, benefits and solutions to specific problems related to no-till and reduced tillage farming. Someone in the room can steer you in the right direction.