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Terrace maintenance field day Aug. 27

By Rick Snell

Barton County Extension agent, agriculture


Why have those terraces on that steep land if you aren't going to keep them? They can't do their job if you don't treat them right.

We haven't had a terracing field day in years, but we are hoping to change that with one Aug. 27, at 5:30 p.m. The location has yet to be determined but it will be in the north-central or northeast part of Barton County.

We hope to have several different pieces of equipment in the field. Several agronomists and agricultural engineers from K-State will be out to show the proper channel depth and shape. One of these will be Morgan Powell, who has been at K-State for a lot of years (longer than me) and will be retiring soon.

We would like to get a head count for our meal so please call the Extension office at 620-793-1910.

If you farm terraced land or own land with terraces and waterways, you need to be there. The Barton County Conservation District and NRCS will be co-hosting with us.

Try a fall garden

In case you missed out earlier or just want to add to your portfolio, fall is an excellent time for gardening in Kansas. Vegetables that mature in the cooler days of fall often have better flavor. Many vegetables can be left out in the garden during the winter months and used as needed.

If you get out there immediately, you can still plant beets, carrots, cucumbers, summer squash, Irish potatoes, head or bibb lettuce, and some things I have never planted like Swiss chard, endive, kale or mustard. Even in the next two to three weeks, you have time for radishes, spinach, turnips and leaf lettuce. It's probably getting a little too late for cole crops like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, Chinese cabbage or collard greens unless you are putting out sets that you have had in pots. In the fall, it is hard to find these plants at garden centers so you usually have to plant seeds in July or start sets and plant them now.

For more information on fall vegetable gardening, pick up the publication "Fall Gardens" at our office.

Western Kansas forage tour

The Kansas Forage and Grassland Council will be holding a forage tour in western Kansas on Aug. 26. Reserve your spot by Aug. 19. The fee is $35 which includes bus transportation and lunch. The group will leave Dodge City at 7:30 a.m., Aug. 26, and return around 5 p.m. We have registration forms at our office.

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.

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