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Crop production efficiency, margin improvement are aim of Aug. 24 field day in Hays

Sugarcane aphid, cold tolerant grain sorghum, pearl millet and more are on the agenda.

grain sorghumReleased: July 28, 2016

HAYS, Kan. – Sugarcane aphids, sorghum hybrids, summer annual forages and economic considerations linked to inputs are among the topics at the 2016 Fall Field Day on Aug. 24, hosted by the K-State Research and Extension Agricultural Research Center at Hays.

The day starts with registration at 9:00 a.m. and the welcome and field tour by K-State scientists at 9:30 a.m. The tour includes:

  • Development of Cold Tolerant Grain Sorghum – Ramasamy Perumal, sorghum breeder;

  • The Search for New Herbicide Options in Grain Sorghum – Phil Stahlman, weed scientist;

  • Tillage X Nitrogen X Sorghum Hybrid: Sorting out the Mix – Augustine Obour, soil scientist;

  • Summer Annual Forage Comparisons: Production and Quality – John Holman, cropping systems agronomist; and

  • Improving Pearl Millet for the Great Plains – Desalegn Serba, millet breeder;

Following a complimentary lunch, presentations in the auditorium include:

  • Sugarcane Aphid: Current Status and Management – JP Michaud, entomologist; and

  • Inputs, Returns and Breakeven Production in a Challenging Market – Mark Wood, agricultural economist with Kansas Farm Management Association.

More information about the field day is available by calling 785-625-3425. Information about the research center is available online at K-State Research and Extension Agricultural Research Center-Hays.


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:
K-State Research and Extension Agricultural Research Center-Hays