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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • No-till discussions to begin in November

  • Discussions centering around no-till will start at 10 a.m. Nov. 20 at the 4-H Building in McPherson. Dallas Peterson, KSU Weed Specialist, will lead the discussion.
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  • Discussions centering around no-till will start at 10 a.m. Nov. 20 at the 4-H Building in McPherson. Dallas Peterson, KSU Weed Specialist, will lead the discussion.
    These meetings are open to anyone interested in learning more about no-till but it is not required that your farming operation is fully no till. Being interested in the topic is good enough.
    Come prepared to discuss what weeds are proving to be a challenge on your farm. Dallas will lead the discussion to identify strategies to help control those weeds. This meeting is early enough that some weed control measures could still be performed this fall.
    The group will meet each month to discuss a different topic of interest to the group. The topic for December will be planting cover crops.
    This discussion will center on the challenges of planting cover crops, especially the use of water by those cover crops. The goal of these discussions is to consider all aspects of the topic, and last year the group discussed some of the benefits of incorporating cover crops. At this meeting we will talk about the challenges that come with cover crops. It should prove to be a lively discussion.
    In January, the topic will be on Fertilizer 101 led by Dr. Dave Mengel, KSU Soil Specialist. He will help the group discuss the basic concepts of why we apply what we do and will also discuss what some of the new products out there consist of and why you would apply them.
    All of these discussions begin with listed topic, but the benefit of it being a discussion is that the group attending really is the driving force of what gets discussed and shared. It is a good format, as it allows producers to come with their questions or ideas and provides the platform for them to get answers not only from the specialist but from their peers as well.
    No registration fee is required to participate. If you would like to receive reminders about the discussions send Jonie James an email at jjames@ksu.edu and ask to be added to the list or call the Extension Office and ask to be placed on the no till mail list.
    Jonie James is a McPherson County Extension agent for agriculture.
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