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Speakers and Presentations
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A Fresh Look at High Plains Irrigated Soybean Management

Strahinja Stepanovic

Strahinja Stepanovic

University of Nebraksa-Lincoln Extension Educator, Grant, Nebraska

Recent research in Southwest Nebraska has evaluated seeding rates, row spacing, and in-season nitrogen applications. Information from these field-scale trials will be shared along with considerations for management.


Adjuvants and Their Effects on Herbicides and Tank Mixes

Rick Zollinger

Rich Zollinger

North Dakota State University Weed Control Specialist

There are a wide variety of adjuvants available on the market ranging from the standards of AMS and crop oil, to drift retardants, wetting agents, and many other products. This session will look at the roles of these products and provide guidelines on proper placement of these products to maximize tank-mix performance.


Current Financial Status of NW Kansas Farms

Jordan Steele

Jordan Steele

K-State Executive Extension Agricultural Economist
Northwest Farm Management Association, Colby

Using data from northwest Kansas farms, we take a look at opportunities for profitability and where producers should be alert for possible concerns.


New Research in Dryland Corn Hybrids, Seeding Rates and Planting Dates

Lucas Haag

Lucas Haag

Northwest Regional Agronomist
K-State Northwest Research-Extension Center, Colby, KS

The rapid turnover in corn hybrids has made it more difficult to get a local perspective for how a hybrid responds to seeding rate. Recent research in northwest Kansas has evaluated over 30 hybrids for optimal seeding rate and examined 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 the Most Out of Paraquat-Rates, Adjuvants, Droplets and More

Marshall Hay

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Agronomy, Manhattan, KS

Paraquat is a valuable tool in effective management programs for 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?

Mykel Taylor

Mykel Taylor

Agricultural Economist
K-State Department of Agricultural Economics, Manhattan

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

Sarah Zukoff

Sarah Zukoff

K-State Southwest Research-Extension Center, Garden City

Resistance to trait-based insect protection has become a more prevalent issue in corn production. 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

Randy Currie

Randall Currie

Weed Scientist
K-State Southwest Research-Extension Center, Garden City

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

Merle Vigil

Merle Vigil

Soil Scientist
USDA-ARS Central Great Plains Research Station, Akron, Colorado

A long-term study in Eastern Colorado was started in 2006 to evaluate methods of using beef manure to reclaim eroded high pH soils. The study has looked at various manure rates, timings of application, and methods of incorporation (no-till, sweep-till, plow). Study results and management recommendations will be shared.


Top 3 Mistakes in Northwest Kansas Wheat Production

Jeanne Falk Jones

Jeanne Falk Jones

Multi-County Agronomist
Wallace, Sherman, and Cheyenne Counties

In this session 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: Alternative Crops

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.