The South Central Kansas Residue Alliance is planning its 2011 Summer Farm Tour for Reno County on July 26.
Tour will be hosted by the Reno County Conservation District in partnership with the SCKRA.
The tour will be held July 26, beginning at 9 a.m., leaving from the USDA Service Center in South Hutchinson. The events of the day will provide insight into what others are doing and how what they are doing is working for them.
The Alliance has been busy with its implementation of its recent SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education) grant and will be giving an update on that program along with other SCKRA activities at this tour also.
SARE grants are awarded to help provide incentive for farmers to participate in argitourism or agricultural education programs. The program as a whole is intended to provide incentives for farmers to offer agritourism opportunities on their farms.
The SCKRA tour will visit three Reno County farms. Owners are Cameron Pierce, Jim Ball and Sam Sanders.
The use of cover crops will be an integral part of the tour, including the use of cover crop mixes for soil quality, fertility and grazing.
At noon, featured speaker Tom Pauly will talk about his no-till operation in Sumner County, an area where no-till has not been universally embraced.
Stops will include a display of equipment, fuel and chemical containment systems, a rainfall simulator and a soil pit demonstration.
Buses will load at the USDA Service Center in South Hutchinson at 8:45 a.m. on July 26. There is no charge to attend the Summer Farm Tour, but organizers are asking that all those who plan to attend let them know by July 21 so plans for lunches and a seat on the bus can be reserved.
Those planning to attend can send a message to [email protected] or call 620-669-8161 ext. 1344.
Registrations are needed by July 21.