OBERLIN, Kan. (news release) — Have you registered for Cover Your Acres yet?  Do so by Wednesday (Jan 9) to get the early-bird rate of $45 per day or $65 for both days.  After Wednesday, the registration for a single day will increase to $65 for a single day.  Online registration is available here: www.northwest.ksu.edu/coveryouracres

The conference is being held on January 15-16 in Oberlin.

Here are the topics/summaries for the conference:

  • A fresh look at High Plains irrigated soybean management: Recent field-scale trials in Southwest Nebraska has evaluated seeding rates, row spacing, and in-season nitrogen applications. Information from these trials will be shared along with considerations for management.
  • Adjuvants and their effects on herbicides and tank mixes: Many products are on the market, This session will focus on placement of those products to maximize herbicide and tank-mix efficacy
  • Current financial status of NW Kansas farms: Using data from northwest Kansas farms, we take a look at opportunities for profitability and where producers should be alert for possible concerns.
  • Dryland corn hybrids, seeding rates, and planting dates: Research in northwest Kansas has evaluated over 30 hybrids for optimal seeding rate and differences in ear flex. Additionally, hybrid maturity x planting date combinations have been evaluated in another study. This session will discuss the results and their implications for dryland corn management.
  • Getting peak performance from paraquat – Rates, adjuvants, droplets and more: Paraquat is a valuable tool in management of resistant weeds such as Kochia and Palmer Amaranth. This session will look at how environment, application methods, and various other factors play a role in the efficacy of paraquat.
  • Land Values and Rental Rates – Where are we going? There are a lot of moving pieces in the land market and the many factors that drive rental rates. We’ll take a look at the most recent data and discuss potential future directions and what it might mean to your business.
  • Managing Insect Resistance in Corn: This session will address the current resistance situation and discuss the various management options to control resistant insect populations and minimize the development of additional resistance.
  • Palmer Amaranth Management: A discussion of what makes Palmer Amaranth different than many of the weed species we face, the latest performance results from Western Kansas herbicide trials, and recommendations for developing an overall weed control strategy.
  • Remediation of eroded high pH hill-top soils with manure: A long-term study in Eastern Colorado started in 2006 to evaluate using beef manure at various rates, timings of application, and incorporation methods. Results and management recommendations will be shared.
  • Top 3 Mistakes in Northwest Kansas Wheat Production: We’ll step through the growing season and discuss the most common production problems observed in the field and consider the management practices that can improve yields and profitability in wheat production.
  • Producer Panel Discussion: A producer panel will discuss various alternative crop options in the region. Potentially included in the discussion will be winter canola, dry edible beans, field peas, barley, and triticale.


Details on the speakers and a schedule for the day is also available on the website: www.northwest.ksu.edu/coveryouracres