Cover Your Acres Winter Conference goes virtual on January 19

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K-State Research and Extension will host the 18th annual Cover Your Acres Winter Conference for crop producers and consultants on January 19 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm (CST) in an online format.

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 region.

The conference, which typically draws more than 400 attendees from Kansas and other states, highlights the latest technology, methods, and conservation practices to improve crop production in the region. This year it will feature a shorter, half-day format with university specialists discussing the following topics:

  • Water Use of Weeds in Dryland Systems,
    Jourdan Bell, Texas A&M Panhandle Agronomist, Amarillo
  • Current Weed Control Research in Western Kansas
    Vipan Kumar, Weed Scientist, K-State Ag Research Center, Hays
  • Managing the Highs and Lows of Soil pH
    Dorivar Ruiz Diaz, Soil Fertility Specialist, K-State Dept. of Agronomy, Manhattan
  • Economics of Dryland Rotations and Tillage Systems
    Lucas Haag, Area Agronomist, K-State Northwest Research-Extension Center, Colby
  • New Frontiers in Sorghum Weed Control
    Sarah Lancaster, Weed Management Specialist, K-State Dept. of Agronomy, Manhattan

The sessions will be streamed live via Zoom and YouTube from 1:00 to 5:00 pm CST.  Attendees will be able to submit questions on those platforms and via email.  Additionally, locations have been established where attendees can participate in the conference while taking appropriate COVID precautions:

  • Finney County – Fairgrounds, Grandstands Meeting Room
  • Scott County – Fairgrounds, Wm. Carpenter 4-H Building

Additional locations are likely to be added, please check the conference website for updates.

There is no charge for the conference thanks to our sponsors, however attendees do need to register regardless if they are participating at the own home/office or at one of the watch locations.

To view the conference details and for online registration, visit  For questions, call 785-462-6281.

Premier sponsors of this year’s conference include American Ag Labs, Hoxie Implement, Bayer Crop Science, Lang Diesel, National Sunflower Association, AKRS Equipment Solutions, and SureFire Ag Systems.  CCA credits have been applied for.


Lucas Haag, Area Agronomist, Northwest Research-Extension Center, Colby

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