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December programs
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As the weather starts to cool down, and the last minute planting and harvesting wraps up for the year, many producers take this time to learn of the most current research and information available in farming and ranching. During this time, K-State Research and Extension works hard to bring the specialists out to the counties to discuss current research and up to date info. There are two important programs coming up in December that you won’t want to miss!
The first program that I want to highlight is a cover crop program. The past several years, we have seen a marked increase in interest in cover crops. Research has shown that they help improve soil health, increase water filtration and may also help control weeds. With the rise in popularity of cover crops, Barton County K-State Research and Extension will host a Cover Crop workshop from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. on Dec 4, at the American Ag Credit meeting room located at 5634 10th Street in Great Bend. Speakers will be DeAnn Presley, KSRE, assistant professor, Environmental Soil Science and Management and Paul Gallagher, USDA Senior Risk Management Specialist. Each grower will have different goals on what he or she would like cover crops to accomplish for their production; the program will go over various options of cover crops and how to devise a plan for your farm. Topics will include, but are not limited to: how to build a cover crop strategy for your farm, cover crops effects on the soil, and insurance implications of a cover crop plan. Cost is $5 to help with meeting costs, and registration is needed by Wednesday, Dec 2, for a head count. (We must have 10 participants to hold the meeting.)
At 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 9, Barton County Extension, Ellis County Extension and Midway District will be hosting the 2015 Calving School. It will be held at the Dole-Spector Conference Center in Russell. Dr. Dave Rethorst, DVM and outreach director of the Beef Cattle Institute will illustrate first-hand using his dystocia simulator cow. Additional topics will also cover: normal calving process, when to intervene, how to manage difficult births, and nutrition during pregnancy. Registrations are $5 which will include materials, and a supper. Please RSVP by Nov. 30, to or 620-793-1910.
Alicia Boor is the Agriculture and Natural Resources agent for Barton County K-State Research and Extension. You can contact her by e-mail at or calling 620-793-1910