Tours of on-farm corn tests in Sedgwick County, July 20

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K-State Research and Extension and the Sedgwick County Extension office will host tours of a farm that is using on-farm research to optimize seeding rates and row spacing for irrigated and dryland corn in Sedgwick County on Thursday, July 20th. Discussion will focus on the use of satellite imagery, site-specific precision farming, and other precision agriculture tools to help farmers fine-tune their seeding rates. An update on current corn and soybean crop condition/herbicides will be discussed as well.

The first stop will begin at 5:30 p.m. It will be roadside at Bruce Seiler’s field on the NE corner of 101st St N and West St. Sandwiches and refreshments will be provided. An on-farm research plot comparing irrigated corn seeding rates in 15” rows will be evaluated. In addition, current corn growth and development conditions will be discussed. Directions to the field are as follows: From the intersection of N Ridge Rd and 109th St N, go 2 miles east on 109th St to West Street. At West St, go South for ¾ of a mile and the field will be on the east side of the road.

At the conclusion of the first stop, the second stop will begin at Bruce Seiler’s dryland field on the NW corner of 109th St N and N Ridge Rd (meet just west of the house). This plot is similar to the first, but in a dryland situation.  After the corn plot, we will cross the road to look at soybeans. K-State weed control specialist Dallas Peterson will be discussing herbicide options for the crops.

Speakers include Ignacio Ciampitti, K-State Extension specialist; Dallas Peterson, K-State Extension specialist; John Hecht, Crop Quest; Bruce Seiler, cooperating farmer; Dale Fjell, Kansas Corn Commission; and Zach Simon, Sedgwick County Extension agent. The tour will conclude by 8:00 p.m.

For more information about the tour or to RSVP, contact Zach Simon at the Sedgwick County Extension office at 316-660-0153, or Jackie Fees at 316-660-0143. Please RSVP if you intend to join us for supper.


Ignacio Ciampitti, Crop Production and Cropping Systems Specialist