Tours of on-farm corn tests in Saline County, July 21

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K-State Research and Extension and the Central Kansas Extension District will host tours of two farms that are using on-farm research to optimize seeding rates for dryland corn and soybeans in Saline County on Friday, July 21. 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. 

The first stop will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Matt Everhart farm located at 9512 E. Hedberg Rd., Gypsum, or 2 miles east of Gypsum on K-4 Hwy then 1 mile south on Donmyer Rd. An on-farm research plot comparing soybean seeding rates of 60,000, 100,000, and 140,000 seeds per acre in 15” rows will be evaluated. In addition, current soybean growth and development conditions will be discussed.

The second stop will begin at 10:00 a.m. at Knopf Farms hay shed located just north of Gypsum on K-4 Hwy. An on-farm research plot that has used satellite imagery to optimize dryland corn seeding rates will be discussed, along with site-specific precision farming tools for soybean and corn seeding rates. There will also be presentations showing producers what K-State is doing regarding soil moisture monitoring, how to use soil moisture to delineate field management zones, and a discussion of future applications for soil moisture information.

Speakers include K-State Extension specialist Ignacio Ciampitti; Andres Patrignani, K-State assistant professor of soil water processes; Dale Fjell, Kansas Corn Commission; Tom Maxwell, Extension agent; and cooperating farmers. The tour will conclude by 11:30 a.m. 

For more information about the tour, contact Tom Maxwell at the CKD-Salina office at 785-309-5850.

All interested persons are invited to attend, no RSVP is needed.


Ignacio Ciampitti, Crop Production and Cropping Systems Specialist