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Agricultural Research Center – Hays

2017 Cover Crop Field Day


Released: April 24, 2017

Cover Crop Field Day planned at K-State HB Ranch
Options for dryland wheat-based systems will be focus; lunch is included

HAYS, Kan. – Kansas State University will host a Cover Crop Field Day on Friday, May 19 at 9:30 a.m. at the K-State HB Ranch in southeast Trego County. The ranch is at 39008 147 Highway in Brownell, Kansas.

K-State researchers will discuss ongoing research efforts at the HB Ranch evaluating cover crop management options for farmers growing dryland wheat. 

Soil quality, nutrient cycling, weed and pest suppression and wind erosion reduction can be improved through the use of cover crops, but their use is not widely popular where water is limited because of the water they use. Harvesting cover crops for forage, however, can help increase profitability and offset revenue losses linked to any decreases in wheat yield.

Field day presentations include:

  • K-State cover crop research update;
  • Tour of cover crop plots;
  • Cover crops and beneficial insects;
  • On-farm cover crop research update;
  • Cover crops and soil health; and
  • Grazing cover crops.

Lunch will be served. There is no fee to attend, but signup is requested by May 12 by calling 785-625-3425 or email milissa@ksu.edu.

Funding for the field day is provided in part, by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Ogallala Aquifer Program and USDA-NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant.


K‑State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well‑being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K‑State campus in Manhattan.

Story by:
Mary Lou Peter
K-State Research and Extension

For more information:
Milissa Alexander - 785-625-3425 or email milissa@ksu.edu


Augustine Obour
Website: Soil Science


Milissa Alexander

Written By:

Mary Lou Peter
K-State Research and Extension

At a Glance:

The overall goal of the Soils Program at Hays is to identify and develop soil management and agronomic production practices which protect soil, water, and air resources while sustaining crop yields and maintaining soil and environmental quality.