Cover Your Acres Winter Conference, January 14-15 in Oberlin

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K-State Research and Extension will host the 17th annual Cover Your Acres Winter Conference for crop producers and consultants on January 14-15 at the Gateway Center in Oberlin, Kansas.

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 university specialists and industry representatives discussing the following topics:

  • Alternative crops – What we know, don’t know, and should be thinking about
  • Beyond grain: The value of wheat in the production chain
  • Cover crops as a weed management tool
  • Current financial status of Northwest Kansas farms
  • Insect management in dryland corn
  • Planter technology advancements
  • Soil testing – Interpretations matter
  • The war on weeds
  • What drives efficiency and profitability in irrigated corn?
  • What does a food company care about soil? An intro to General Mills’ Ag Committment
  • Producer panel discussion


The same programs will be offered both days of the conference. Registration will begin at 7:45 a.m. with educational sessions ending at 5:00 p.m. The sessions are followed by a social on Tuesday evening where attendees can visit with industry and university specialists while enjoying heavy hor d’oeurves.

Early registration is due by January 8. The fee is $50 for Tuesday, January 14th, $45 for Wednesday, January 15th, or $65 for both days. After January 8, the cost is $65 per day. The conference fee includes lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments, and educational materials. The program offers a total of 10 continuing education unit (CEU) credits for Certified Crop Advisors and 2 CEUs for Commercial Applicators.

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

Major sponsors of the conference include: Pioneer, Hoxie Implement Co., Nutrien Ag Solutions, Lang Diesel, Bayer, National Sunflower Association, Plains Equipment Group, Sims Fertilizer & Chemical, and SureFire Ag Systems.



Lucas Haag, Northwest Area Crops and Soils Specialist

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