Locust Tree Control, Water Quality Field Day Coming

Experts will offer help for those with locust tree problems on June 11.

If you have an interest in locust tree control and water quality, mark your calendar for a field day next Thursday, June 11.

The North Central Prairie Weed Management Area and Solomon Valley Resource Conservation and Development Council will sponsor a day of information on the property of Tom and Cheryl Balls near Glade.

The day begins at 9:30 a.m. on Balls Farm, four miles west and two miles south of Glade.

Keith Harmoney, Kansas State (K-State) University Range Science Specialist; Jim Strine, Kansas Forest Service District Forester; and Kent Schriener, Dow Chemical, will discuss chemical applications made to locust trees on the property last June and will review the results. Dr. Walt Fick, K-State Research and Extension Range Management Specialist, will discuss woody plant control.

At noon the field day will move to the Phillips County Fairgrounds for a free steak meal catered by Bigge's Country Kitchen.  After the meal, water quality demonstrations and presentations will be provided by Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy Coordinator Carolyn Nichols; Natural Resources Conservation Service District Conservationist, Larry Meili; and NRCS Conservation Technician James Molzahn. 

The event is free and open to the public, but the Solomon Valley RC&D does ask that you send in an RSVP by Friday if you plan to attend. Call 785-425-6647.

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