Crop management practices for dryland farmers will be on tap at the Kansas State University’s Dryland Ag Day, which will take place at the Southwest Research and Extension Center in Tribune, Kan., on Aug. 17. The event marks 100 years of working to determine the best crops and farming practices for southwest Kansas.

The event begins at 8 a.m. (MDT) with registration and refreshments. Field tours start at 8:30 a.m. Indoor seminars begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by a sponsored lunch.

“Kansas is a large and diverse state in terms of climate and soil type,” said Alan Schlegel, agronomist in charge of the Tribune center. “Because of those and other differences, what grows well in other parts of the state often don’t grow here, and vice versa. We're happy to celebrate 100 years devoted to finding solutions to challenges that producers in this part of the state face every day.”

Field tour and seminar presentations include the following Kansas State specialists:

• Tillage Effects on Soil Physical Properties – Humberto Blanco, agronomist, Hays.

• Tillage Effects on Grain Yield – Alan Schlegel, agronomist, Tribune.

• Corn Yield Related to Plant Characteristics – Loyd Stone, agronomist, Manhattan.

• Wheat Stubble Height on Yield of Subsequent Corn and Grain Sorghum – Alan Schlegel, agronomist, Tribune.

• Sorghum Planting Geometry and Leaf Temperature – Lucas Haag, agronomist, Manhattan.

• Triticale and Sorghum for Forage – John Holman, agronomist, Garden City.

• Changes in Cropping Systems – Gary Peterson – Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo.

• Herbicide-Resistant Kochia and Huskie Registration for Sorghum – Curtis Thompson, agronomist, Manhattan.

• Wheat Yield Trends Over the Past 50 Years – John Holman, agronomist, Garden City.

• History of the Tribune Research Station.

The Kansas State Southwest Research and Extension Center is 1 mile west of Tribune on Kansas Highway 96. More information about the centennial celebration is available by calling (620) 376-4761 or online.

Source: Kansas State University