For the first time, the High Plains Grass Seed Association will hold their summer field day in Cheyenne County on June 22 at 9 a.m. The tour will begin at the High Plains Ag Lab about six miles north of Sidney.
The tour will include Kentucky bluegrass, tall fescue and perennial ryegrass variety trials, field production on Rushman farms, and discussion of disease, insect, and post-harvest management.
Dr. Martin Massengale, director of the grasslands center, will lead the program with an overview of the industry potential. Lunch and a brief meeting of the association will be held at the Dalton cafe. An afternoon tour to research and production sites in Box Butte County will be optional.
This will be your opportunity to visit first hand with current grass seed producers, representatives from the industry, grass seed cleaners and grass seed researchers.
"The learning curve on grass seed production is steep," says the association president Dan Laursen. "Many errors can be avoided by talking with others and participating in field tours prior to beginning your production."
Grass seed production can be a highly profitable venture that fits well in the Nebraska Panhandle. For more information about the Grass Seed Field Day, contact the local county Extension office.