Kansas State University Agricultural Research Centers in Parsons and in Garden City have set dates for Spring Crops Field Days on May 15 and May 31 respectively.
The Southeast Agricultural Research Center field day in Parsons will be Tuesday, May 15. The Center is just south of U.S. Hwy. 400 on Ness Road.
The day begins with registration and a sponsored breakfast from 7:30-8:30 a.m., with the program following.
Kansas State Uinversity wheat breeder Allan Fritz, Kelly Kusel, research assistant in the southeast area and seed company representatives are first on the agenda with planned tours of 26 wheat variety plots.
Next up is K-State research and extension agronomist Doug Shoup, who will offer an update on weed control tactics.
David Frey with the Kansas Wheat Commission will talk about the future of wheat research in Kansas while southeast area soil and water management specialist Dan Sweeney and soil management specialist DeAnn Presley will give a presentation on tillage options in southeastern Kansas. Sweeney will focus on past research and Presley will update field day attendees on vertical tillage options.
The day's final speaker is K-State agronomist Kevin Price who will discuss using satellite imagery for crop scouting.
In case of rain, the field day will be held indoors.
For more information, call the Southeast Agricultural Research Center at 620-421-4826.
Southwest field day
On May 31, The southwest area research and extension center in Garden City will host a field on wheat and canola production.
The field day begins at 3 p.m. and ends with supper at 6:45 p.m. Supper is sponsored by several companies.
Topics and K-State speakers include Jim Shroyer, cropping system agronomist, who will talk about wheat varieties and conduct variety tours; wheat pathologist Eric DeWolf, who will offer an update on wheat diseases; John Holman, cropping systems agronomist, who will talk about cover and fallow replacement crops and about canola production; Mike Stamm, canola breeder, who will discuss canola varieties and conduct a variety tour anmd Guorong Zhang, wheat breeder, who will update attendees on the wheat breeding program at the research center.
For more information, call John Holman at the Southwest Research-Extension Center at 620-272-8286. The center is located at 4500 E. Mary Street in Garden City.