Every year new technology is unveiled for agricultural producers -- to the extent that the choices can sometimes be baffling - and often a sizeable investment.

The Kansas Agricultural Technology Field Day, Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Airport and Expo Grounds in Great Bend, is designed to give farmers, ranchers and others the opportunity to see the latest technology available, learn from those who designed and use it, and in some cases, even try it out themselves.

"Agricultural technologies are advancing rapidly," said Kansas State University agricultural engineer Bob Wolf. "However, as these technologies advance, many producers are challenged to stay informed about the latest developments and potential benefits, so are hesitant to adopt them."

"The program is designed to be hands-on," said Wolf, who is a specialist in application technology with Kansas State Research and Extension. "The site we´ve chosen has proven to be ideal for hosting this `ride and drive´ event. There will be presentations, demonstrations and special company-developed hands-on workshops throughout the day designed to provide basic and advanced use on various technology including spray controllers and other interactive screens."

Kansas State Research and Extension, along with the Kansas Agricultural Research Association, is sponsoring the field day.

The fee to attend is $25 per person if paid by July 30, which includes all field day materials and lunch. Organizers request that participants register early to ensure enough materials and food are available. The fee after that date and on site is $50 per person.

KARA members receive one free admission per membership if registered by the July 30 deadline. KARA membership is $100 and can be submitted with registration to save $25.

More information about KARA and the field day, including industry updates and speaker presentations, is available on the website or by calling Wolf at 785-532-2935.

Source: Kansas State University