Soil health summer tour - July 27

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K-State Research and Extension and the Department of Agronomy, in conjunction with the Kansas Corn Growers Association and the Soil Health Partnership, is hosting a Soil Health Summer Tour on Friday, July 27th.

The tour will consist of a field day at two locations on July 27:

  • Glen Elder – 10:00 a.m. to noon
    • Palen Family Farms, 1031 180 Road, Glen Elder, KS 67446
  • Spring Hill – 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    • Guetterman Brothers Family Farms, 14633 West 239th Street, Spring Hill, KS 66083

The program will include a discussion of management practices to improve overall productivity and soil health to benefit farmers. Presenters on the tour include:

  • Dr. Charles Rice, Soil Microbiologist
  • Dr. Ignacio Ciampitti, Crop Production and Cropping Systems  Specialist
  • Dr. Dorivar Ruiz Diaz, Soil Fertility Specialist

A meal will be provided at each location courtesy of the sponsors. Please RSVP by July 20 for the location you plan to attend. You can send the RSVP to Troy Lynn Eckart at or 785-532-0400, or the individuals listed below.

Glen Elder, KS – Sandra Wick, Crop Production Extension Agent, Post Rock District,, 785-282-6823

Spring Hill, KS – Katelyn Barthol, Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent, Marais des Cygnes District,, 913-294-4306.