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Soil Health and Cover Crop Tour: October 30th

posted Oct 6, 2017, 2:03 PM by Kansas Alliance for Wetland and Streams

If you are interested in grazing, cover crops, soil health and how these can work together to improve your farm and ranch, mark Monday, October 30th on your calendar.  The Workshop and Tour will begin at 10am at the RanchLand Seed Company, 1210 SW. Blvd, Madison, Kansas.  The building is located just north of Madison High School on HWY 99.   We will conclude by 2:30 pm following lunch in Hamilton.

A cover crop mixture | by USDAgov


We will be travelling to several fields to observe and hear about the use of cover crops, grazing of cover crops and no-till from producers who have graciously agreed to lead the tour.  You will have the chance to learn from “on-the-ground experienced” producers. Discussion will include what has worked and what has not during this portion of the workshop.  There will be ample time to view fields planted to covers and ask questions.


Joining us for the day, will be Don Gastineau, Natural Resource and Conservation Service Soil Scientist for southeast Kansas, Dr. Jaymelynn Farney, Kansas State University Extension Beef Systems Specialist and Luke Westerman, NRCS Supervisory District Conservationist.  Don will demonstrate soil health and soil structure in different tillage systems.  Dr. Farney will review some of the research on cover crops and grazing and Luke will be on hand to demonstrate the rainfall simulator.


A free lunch is included at the Hamilton Community Building for those who participate in the tour and call in to RSVP by Thursday, October 26th.  

Call or stop by the Greenwood County Conservation District Office at 620-583-6461, EXT. 331 to reserve your lunch that includes chili, relishes, homemade pie and tea.


Presenters and partners include the Natural Resource Conservation Service, Kansas State University Extension Service, Toronto and Fall River WRAPS, Greenwood County Conservation Service and the RanchLand Seed Company.  Producers assisting with the tour stops include Preston Beeman, Harold Engle and Jackson Seaton.  We are very grateful to these producers for allowing access to their operations.