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Virtual agronomy series returns starting this month
Stacy Campbell
Stacy Campbell

Northcentral and Northwest Extension Districts and counties of K-State Research and Extension again will be hosting an online agronomy series, “Crop Talk”, slated to begin Tuesday through Tuesday, Feb. 28, which will highlight several topics important to crop producers. These will be on Tuesdays and each session will be held from noon to 1 p.m.

Planned topics of discussion include: Spring annual forages to fill the gap in cattle feed; Climate-smart Agriculture; What’s the Buzz?; Alternative Weed control Research from Kansas; and Corn Tillers – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. There will also be time for questions between Kansas crop producers and extension specialists at each of the sessions.

Register online at or call the Cottonwood Extension Office in Hays 785-628-9430 or email Theresa Once you register, a link to the online sessions will be emailed to you. CCA credits have been applied for with 1 credit for each session.

On another note, K-State weed management schools coming up Feb. 15 and 16.

A series of weed management schools will take place in northwest and north central Kansas and are hosted by local K-State Research & Extension county and district offices. 

With the drought and hot temperatures this last summer, farmers and agri-business retailers had some challenges in controlling difficult weeds. To address the topic of weed control, K-State Research and extension has scheduled four regional weed control programs in February. This program has been designed to help producers and agri-business retailers to improve weed control in challenging weather conditions. 

The meeting schedule is as follows: 

• Feb. 15, Sharon Springs – 9 a.m. to noon (mountain time zone), Community activity building. 

• Feb. 15, Atwood – 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Rawlins county fairgrounds. 

• Feb. 16, Kensington – 9 a.m. to noon, First St. John’s Lutheran Church. 

• Feb. 16, Russell – 3 to 6 p.m., Meridy’s Restaurant & Lounge. 

The workshops will be presented by speakers from Kansas State University and University of Nebraska. Sarah Lancaster, K-State Extension weed specialist, and Cody Creech, dryland cropping extension specialist with the University of Nebraska, along with local extension agents. Topics will cover applications and adjuvant considerations in drought conditions, tumble windmill grass management, a herbicide-tolerant grain sorghum update and a question and answer session. So be sure and bring all your questions with you! Three CCA credits have been applied for.

There is no cost for the meetings, however, pre-registration is requested by Friday for all meetings either online,  or by calling either Cottonwood District 785-628-9430 or Midway District 785-472-4442.  

Stacy Campbell is an Agriculture and Natural Resources agent for Cottonwood Extension District. Email him at or call the Hays office, 785-628-9430.