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Cover Crop Field Day set for May 13 at K-State HB Ranch near Hays

Researchers will discuss cover crop management options in dryland wheat-based systems.

cover cropsReleased: April 4, 2016

HAYS, Kan. – Growing cover crops to enhance soil quality and nutrient cycling and suppress weeds and pests in wheat production systems is increasingly being considered by producers, but the water requirements pose a concern for growers in western Kansas.

Kansas State University researchers have been evaluating cover crop management options in water-limited environments and will discuss their findings at a Cover Crop Field Day on Friday, May 13, at the K-State HB Ranch near Hays.

The day includes presentations by K-State faculty, growers and a government official.

  • K-State cover crop research – John Holman, K-State agronomist

  • Cover crop plot tour – Augustine Obour, K-State agronomist

  • Growers’ perspective – Brice Custer and Larry Manhart, cover crop growers

  • Cover crops and soil health – Candy Thomas, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service

  • Grazing cover crops – Sandy Johnson, K-State animal scientist

The field day and tour starts at 10 a.m. at K-State’s HB Ranch. A complimentary lunch is included. The ranch is four miles south of the Cedar Bluff Dam on Kansas Highway 147. Attendees are asked to RSVP by May 6 to Milissa Alexander at 785-625-3425 or milissa@ksu.edu.


K‑State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well‑being of Kansans.  Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K‑State campus in Manhattan.

Story by:
Mary Lou Peter
K-State Research and Extension

For more information:
Milissa Alexander - 785-625-3425 or milissa@ksu.edu