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Conference offers tips on topics from cover crops to economics

Conference offers tips on topics from cover crops to economics

Cover Your Acres conference will also touch on resistant weeds, new pests, UAVs and economic comparisons to the 1980s

K-State Research and Extension is teaming up with the Northwest Kansas Crop Residue Alliance to host the 13th annual Cover Your Acres Winter Conference for crop producers and consultants on Jan. 19-20 at the Gateway Civic Center in Oberlin, Kansas.

Cover Your Acres is a producer-driven meeting focused on new ideas and research-based updates in crop production in northwest Kansas and the central High Plains.

The conference, which typically draws more than 600 attendees from Kansas and other states, highlights the latest technology, methods and conservation practices to improve crop production on the High Plains.

COVER YOUR ACRES: The benefits of cover crops will be just one of many topics on farm management, profitability and ecomom,ic outlook at the annual Cover Your Acres Conference Jan. 19-20.

This year, it will feature university specialists and industry representatives discussing issues such as kochia and palmer amaranth control, soil microbiology, new pests in wheat and sorghum, farm profitability, managing soil pH, unmanned aerial vehicles, weather forecasting, the economics of fertility management and an economic comparison of today’s farms to those of the 1980’s. The same programs will be offered both days of the conference.

Registration will begin at 7:45 a.m., with educational sessions ending at 5 p.m. followed by a “bull session” on Tuesday evening, where attendees can visit with industry and university specialists.

Early registration is due by Jan. 13. The fee is $40 for Jan. 19 or $35 for Jan. 20. After Jan. 13, the cost is $50 per day. The conference fee includes lunch and educational materials. Continuing education unit credits are available for commercial applicators and certified crop advisors.

Mail registration, with a check payable to KSU, to the Northwest Area Extension Office, ATTN: Cover Your Acres, P.O. Box 786, Colby, KS 67701. To view conference details and for online registration, visit For questions, call 785-462-6281.

Major sponsors of the conference include Bayer CropScience, EGE Products, Hoxie Implement Co. Inc., Lang Diesel Inc., National Sunflower Association, PacLeader Technology, Plains Equipment Group, Sims Fertilizer and SureFire Ag Systems.

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