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Pre-plant wheat school saves you $100

By Rick Snell

Barton County Extension Agent

I can save you $100! Instead of paying $100 or $150 to attend one of those fancy English wheat schools, you can attend ours for free and it will have more local information.

The Barton County Extension Council and Kansas State University will be holding a pre-plant what school on Monday evening, Aug. 17. It will start at 5:30 p.m. at the Barton County Extension Office Meeting Room, at the corner of 12th and Baker Streets in Great Bend.

If you live long enough, you might just see it all. 2009 was another interesting year for wheat. We hope to apply some of the lessons we learned this year, combined with previous years, toward the future.

Speakers will include: Brian Olsen, northwest area Agronomist from Colby. His topics will be planting dates, weed control and other cultural practices. Mike Woolverton, K-State grain marketing specialist will be addressing possible marketing strategies for your wheat and the outlook for the wheat market and wheat prices.

Yours truly, Rick Snell will discuss this year's county plot data and the 5 year averages in our plots. We will also look at data from the K-State research plots.

There may be another speaker or two in the mix. Othere topics will include wheat diseases, insects and seed treatments.

A sponsored meal will be served, so come hungry. We need to have at least 10 people signed up in advance in order to hold the event. Please, either e-mail me at rsnell@ksu.edu or call 620-793-1910 by Friday, Aug. 14 to make your reservation.

The event is free, we just need to know how many to plan for.

Oh and by the way, if you want to pay the $100 or so and attend the other school, I'm sure it would be worth the money. It's not hard to make or save that much money from one piece of information.

New KSU president highlights risk and profit conference

Kirk Schulz, the new President of Kansas State University, will be among the highlighted speakers at K-State's Department of Agricultural Economics Profit Conference and Trade Show in Manhattan. His topic will be "The Future of Kansas State University in Addressing the Land Grant Mission."

It will be held at the K-State Alumni Center, on the campus, just southwest of the Student Union. It will be held Aug. 20 and 21. Pre-registration is $205 and $185 for each additional person from the same group if on the same check. The deadline for pre-registraion is Aug. 11. The cost of the program is $230 at the door.

The theme of this year's event is "Economics: Macro, Micro, Maddening." There will be several general session speakers and then quite a number of breakout sessions to choose from.

The other two speakers which will be featured include Lon Frahm and Dr. Allen Featherstone. Frahm is a sixth generation farmer from Colby. In addition to manging Frahm Farmland, he serves as chairman of the Board for Midwest Energy based in Hays, the largest gas/electric utility in the state. Recently he was named 2009 Top Producer of the Year in Chicago.

Featherstone is a professor and interim Department head of the K-State Agricultural Economics Department and is the director of the Masters of Agri-Business program. His topic will be "The Impacts of the Financial Market Crisis on the Agriculture Sector."

Just a few of the break out topics will include: Crop Insurance and SURE; Flexible Cash Rents - Why and How; Country of Origin Labeling; Interst Rates; Management Strategies Affecting Calf Marketability; Is Conservation Tillage Conserving Dollars in Your Pocket? A Deeper Look at No-Till on the Palins; and the Relative Efficiency of Kansas Wheat Farms.

This program is designed for top level farmers, farm managers, lenders, appraisers and educators. If you haven't attended, I recommend it.

For more details, stop by or call the extension office for a brochure or go to www.agmanager.info/events on the worldwide web.

Harvest and storage of fruits and vegetables

I get a number of questions about when things are ripe and should be picked. This may be on cantaloupe or watermelons as well as other growing things. I also get called about how to store various produce after it is picked. A good source of information is the K-State bulletin, "Harvest and Storage of Fruits and Vegetables."

Stop by the office for a copy or we can mail you one. You can also print your own copy from www.oznet.ksu.edu.

Did you know?

--Principles of Range Management, a grass and animal ecology school will be held Aug. 18 to 20 at Camp Aldrich and hosted by the Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition. For details go to www.kglc.org.

--The Kansas Forage and Grassland Council will be holding a forage tour in western Kansas on Aug. 26. Stops will include Sharp Bothers Seed at Healy, Prairie Fire Bio-Energy at Healy and Royal Dairy near Garden City. For more information, e-mail gkilgore@ksu.edu.

--The final Field Day ever at the K-State Research Station at Hesston will be Thursday, Aug. 20 at 6:00 p.m.

--Also, that same day, Aug. 20, the Tribune Experiment Field will hold their Dryland Ag Field Day at 7:30 a.m. Mountain time, 8:30 a.m. Central Time.

--The Hays Fall Field Day will be Wednesday, Aug. 26.

--Aug. 18, 5:30 p.m. will be the date and time for K-State's Irrigated Field Day at Scandia.

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