COLBY, Kan. – Agricultural producers, consultants, and experts will gather for the 16th annual Cover Your Acres Winter Conference on Jan.15-16, at the Gateway Civic Center in Oberlin, Kan. The conference is a joint venture between K-State Research and Extension, the Northwest Kansas Crop Residue Alliance, and conference sponsors.
“Economics is big on everyone’s mind right now,” said Lucas Haag, an agronomist with K-State Research and Extension’s Northwest Area Office in Colby. “So we have Jordan Steele, the lead economist with Northwest Kansas Farm Management Association, presenting their analysis of (KFMA) members’ data and trying to look at what is driving profitability in our operations here in northwest Kansas and what potential pitfalls producers should be aware of.” In addition, Mykel Taylor with K-State’s Department of Agricultural Economics will discuss land values and rental rates.
Weed control continues to be a leading challenge for many producers in the Central High Plains. Marshall Hay, a Ph.D. candidate in K-State’s Department of Agronomy, will present on the topic of how producers can get better effectiveness from paraquat, an old herbicide that has found new favor in the era of herbicide-resistant kochia and palmer amaranth. Additionally, Rich Zollinger, weed science professor emeritus from North Dakota State University will provide a comprehensive look at how applicators can use the proper adjuvants to improve tankmix performance.
Other topics include dryland corn hybrids, seeding rate, and planting date selection, reclaiming eroded high pH soils with beef manure, irrigated soybean management, avoiding wheat production mistakes, corn insect resistance, and palmer amaranth management.
The same programs will be offered both days of the conference; participants attending both days will find it easier to catch most or all of the presentations. The program offers a total of 10 continuing education unit (CEU) credits for Certified Crop Advisors and 4 CEUs for Commercial Applicators.
Registration will begin at 7:45 a.m., with educational sessions ending at 5 p.m. followed by a “bull session” on Tuesday evening, where attendees can visit with industry and university specialists while enjoying heavy hors d’oeurves.
Early registration is due by Jan. 9. The fee is $45 for either day or $65 for both days. After Jan. 9, the cost is $65 per day. The conference fee includes lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments, and educational materials.
The full conference schedule and online registration are available at www.northwest.ksu.edu/coveryouracres. For questions, call 785-462-6281.
Major sponsors of the conference include Pioneer, Hoxie Implement Co., Lang Diesel Inc., Bayer, National Sunflower Association, Plains Equipment Group, Nutrien Ag Solutions, and SureFire Ag.