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The Western Kansas Agricultural Research Centers (WKARC), one of several administrative units accountable to the KAES director, is composed of four sub-units including the Agricultural Research Center - Hays (ARCH), the Southwest Research-Extension Center - Garden City (SWREC) and Southwest Research-Extension Center - Tribune (SWREC-T), and the Northwest Research-Extension Center - Colby (NWREC). 

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Cover Crop Field Day at K-State HB Ranch
Friday, May 19, 2017 at 9:30 AM

Project Description: Cropping system diversification utilizing cover crops can provide several benefits. These include improving soil quality, nutrient cycling, weeds and pest suppression, and reduced wind erosion. Cover crop adoption is not widely popular in water-limited environments because cover crops utilize water that otherwise would be available to the subsequent cash crop. Harvesting cover crops for forage can help offset loss in revenue associated with decreases in wheat yield and increase profitability. During this field day and tour, Kansas State University researchers will discuss ongoing research efforts at HB Ranch evaluating cover crop management options in dryland wheat-based production system.

Field Day Location & Directions:
  Take exit 135/Ogallah on I-70 and go south on Hwy 147, HB is located about 4 miles south of Cedar Bluff on HWY 147. From Brownell, KS drive 5 miles north on HWY 147 (Smoky Valley Scenic Byway).

9:45 AM     Welcome
10:00 AM     Cover Crop Research Update - Speaker: John Holman
10:35 AM     Tour cover crop plots at HB Ranch - Speaker: Augustine Obour
11:35 AM     On-farm cover crop research update - Speaker: Meagan Schipanski
12:00 PM     Lunch
1:00 PM       Cover crops & Soil Health - Speaker: Candy Thomas, NRCS  
1:30 PM       Grazing cover crops - Speaker:  Keith Harmoney

RSVP:  Please RSVP by May 8 to Milissa at 785-625-3425 or email to milissa@ksu.edu

Acknowledgement: Funding provided in part by the USDA Ogallala Aquifer Program and USDA-NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant


Phil Stahlman, Weed Scientist, Retiring after 42 years of Service

Feb 07, 2017 - After 42 years of service to Kansas State University, the profession of Weed Science, and agricultural producers across the globe, Dr. Phil Stahlman has announced his retirement.

Stahlman Retirement

A reception, on March 3rd, was held in honor of Phil Stahlman's career accomplishments. Cards and written memories can also be mailed to the Agricultural Research Center-Hays - 1232 240th Avenue, Hays, KS 67601.



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