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Midway Extension District #15

Ellsworth Office:
210 N. Kansas
Suite #1, Courthouse
Ellsworth, KS 67439
785-472-4442  

Russell Office:
309 S. Fossil
Russell, KS 67665
785-483-3157

Hours: Monday-Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(Closed for lunch 12-1)

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Agriculture

Fall Field Day - Hays KS 

HAYS, Kan. – Kansas State University’s Agricultural Research Center in Hays will host its annual Fall Field Day on Aug. 22, featuring a half-day that is chock-full of field tours and timely management tips.

Registration and refreshments are available at 8:30 a.m. at the center, located at 1232 240th Avenue on the south side of Hays. There is no charge to attend.

Bob Gillen, the head of the Western Kansas Agricultural Research Centers, will welcome attendees at 9 a.m., followed by five short field tours in the morning:

  • Pre- and Post-Herbicide Tools for Weed Control in Corn, led by weed scientist Vipan Kumar
  • Sorghum Hybrid Development for Early Season Planting, led by sorghum breeder Ram Perumal
  • Palmer Amaranth and Kochia Control in Roundup Ready 2 Xtend Soybeans, led by Kumar
  • Nitrogen Fertilization and Occasional Tillage in Wheat-Sorghum-Fallow Rotations, led by soil scientist Augustine Obour
  • Sorghum Hybrid Performance Comparisons, led by Perumal

Following lunch, K-State Research and Extension agricultural economist Dan O’Brien will give an outlook for markets and crop profitability for western Kansas; and entomologist JP Michaud will talk about insect management in grain sorghum.

More information on this and other events at the Agricultural Research Center in Hays is available at www.hays.k-state.edu, or by calling 785-625-3425.

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Strategic Doing

Strategic Doing has been helpful in bringing communities together and starting important projects. The process is one that can be used over and over again in our communities. Learn more about Strategic Doing and become a resource for your community. The workshop will teach you how to better utilize local networks, strengthen collaborations, how to guide conversations for better understanding and to promote action and ultimately, successful projects. Learn how sharing values and building trust are used to create strategic opportunities, while doing away with hierarchies and turf battles that impair progress in our communities.

  • When & Where:  August 16, 2018  North Central Kansas Technical College, Beloit KS 
                               August 22, 2018  Colby Community College, Colby KS 
  • No cost to attend, but RSVP required:  RSVP at RSVP@danehansenfoundation.org
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Horticulture Evening in Hays

 

  • When: September 11, 2018
  • Where: Horticulture Gardens
                 K-State Ag Research Center
                 1214 240th Ave, Hays KS
  • Registration: Starts at 5:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 6 p.m. It ends at twilight. 

  • Additional Information: Call 785-625-3425.

Presentations by the Ellis County Extension Master Gardeners will highlight production of 10 tomato, 23 pepper, and 6 zucchini/squash varieties. Attendees will be able to taste varietal variations at sampling tables. 

The Master Gardeners will share their experiences with a backyard garden demonstration plot and a composting station adjacent to the garden will be available to view. The garden is in its second year of production.

Holly Dickman, water conservation specialist with the City of Hays, will discuss water conservation and warm season grass demonstration plots. The plots are part of a Turf Conversion Program promoted by the City of Hays, which encourages homeowners to convert full-sun-exposure lawns planted with a cool-season turf to a low-water-use turfgrass or landscaping. The advantages, according to Dickman, are water conservation and less maintenance. 

Dickman will speak about a plot of xeric flower varieties being established this year which can thrive in dry conditions will little or minimal care in the Hays area. More varieties will be planted this fall and next spring.

Homeowners are encouraged to bring neighbors and friends, ask questions and share gardening experiences.

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Kansas Sheep Shearing School
  • When: October 19-21, 2018
  • Where: KSU Sheep & Meat Goat Center
                 Manhattan, KS 
  • Fee: $200 per person 
  • Registration Deadline: September 30, 2018
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Kansas Certified Wool Classing School
  • When: October 19-21, 2018
  • Where: KSU Sheep & Meat Goat Center
                 Manhattan, KS 
  • Fee: $150 per person 
  • Registration Deadline: September 30, 2018
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