Great Day With Great Farmers

Weather is more like summer than late winter, thoughts of crop season flow easily among south central Kansas farmers

Today was the spring South Central Kansas Residue Alliance workshop in Kingman with two great speakers, Dwayne Beck, Dakota Lakes Research Farm in Pierre, S.D. and James Hoorman, assistant professor at Ohio State University Extension.

The topic was cover crops, which farmers agree, is still "more art that science," and how best to use them.

Driving home, I couldn't help thinking what great people these farmers are, how dedicated they are to their land, their families and the future of Kansas.

I feel very lucky to be working with farmers who are always thinking forward to the next big improvement in practices, production and maintaining sustainability in a way that also allows for growing more food on the same or few acres of land.

Creativity and improvisation are often requirements for successful farmers. As Leon Sowers, who farms in southwestern Kingman County put it: "Every year is a new challenge. What worked last year may not work at all this year."

Be sure to watch for your May edition of Kansas Farmer, which will offer a lot more details on what farmers learned at the workshop.

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