Conservation groups to conduct agriculture field da

A field day for farmers seeking new strategies to be resilient in the face of extreme weather events, lessen their environmental impact and ensure long-term profitability will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at Sudan Farms, 5541 S. County Road 900E, Columbus.

The “Cover Crops: YOUR Choice, Not Theirs” field day is designed to connect farmers with local and national experts on cover crops and no-till, as well as successful conservation farmers with firsthand experience, according to a news release from the Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative.

The event is sponsored by the initiative and the Bartholomew County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Speakers include Ray Weil, a professor of soil science at the University of Maryland; Dan Arnholt, owner/operator of Sudan Farms and Sudan Ag Lime Service; Clint Arnholt, operator of Sudan Farms; Barry Fisher, a soil health specialist with Natural Resources Conservation Service in Indiana; and Ron Chamberlain with Gypsoil, a gypsum maker.

Weil plans to talk about the realities of nutrient regulation and soil health systems in the Chesapeake Bay area, while some of the other speakers will discuss how conservation agriculture practices, such as cover crops and no-till, have a direct impact on water quality, productivity and economics. Interactive demonstrations also will be used.

Chamberlain will be presenting the initial results of gypsum and soluble phosphorous loads in surface waters.

Information: Call Heather Shireman at 812-378-1280 or Lisa Holscher at 812-890-3631 or visit