Post-wheat harvest meetings on cover crops ideal for planting to improve soil, produce nitrogen, stimulate soil biology and provide supplemental grazing are being offered in six different locations around Kansas.
Both experts and local producers will be available to discuss their experience with different cover crops and the benefits associated with them. A meal is provided as part of the no-cost program which is offered by Green Cover Seed of Bladen, Neb.
Meetings will be:
June 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Norton at the Fairgrounds 4-H building; and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Scott City at the Fairgrounds 4-H building;
June 8, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Dodge City at the Civic Center and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Harper at the Fairgrounds;
June 9, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Great Bend at the Best Western Courtyard and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Concordia at the American Legion Club.
Free shipping will be provided for all orders place at any one of these meetings or placed by June 16.
Keith Berns, with Green Cover Seed, who has been working with cover crops for several years, will be able to offer advice on how to select the right cover crop to meet your needs.
There will also be a panel of local producers who have used cover crops for soil improvement and supplement grazing will talk about both the good and the not so good of their experiences with cover crops. They will also try to answer questions from other producers who are considering what cover crops to use.
Among the cover crop mixes are often recommended are those that provide high nitrogen, those that give early, mid of late summer cover to the soil; those that offer high residue and those that offer early, mid or late summer grazing opportunities.