Cover Your Acres Winter Conference to be held in person, January 18-19

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K-State Research and Extension will host the 19th annual Cover Your Acres Winter Conference for crop producers and consultants on January 18 and 19. The conference will take place in the traditional in-person format in Oberlin, KS.

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 representative discussing the following topics:

  • Changing Strategies in Insect Management
    Anthony Zukoff - KSU
  • Current Financial Status of NW Kansas Farms
    Jordan Steele and Mark Wood - KFMA
  • Economics of Soil Fertility and Testing
    Lucas Haag - KSU
  • High Plains Weather
    Jeff Hutton - NWS
  • Managing Hayed and Grazed Forages for Profit
    John Holman - KSU
  • Rolling with the Punches in Weed Management
    Sarah Lancaster - KSU
  • Soil Carbon: What You Need to Know
    Peter Tomlinson - KSU
  • Soil Health Strategies in Dryland
    Dale Younker and Matalyn Stark - NRCS
  • Taking Weed Control to the Next Level
    Cody Creech – UNL
  • Which Corners Can I Cut: Maximizing Fertilizer Value
    Dorivar Ruiz Diaz - KSU
  • Panel Discussion: Successes and Failures in Herbicide Efficacy

The same programs will be offered both days of the conference (program schedule posted below). 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 representatives and conference speakers while enjoying heavy hor d’oeurves.

Online registration is due by January 11. The fee is $60 for Tuesday, January 18th, $55 for Wednesday, January 19th, or $80 for both days. The registration fee for walk-ins on each day of the conference is $80. 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 3 CEUs for Commercial Applicators.


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

Premier sponsors of this year’s conference include AKRS Equipment Solutions, Hoxie Implement, Lang Diesel, Nutrien Ag Solutions, SureFire Ag Systems and K-State Research and Extension. 




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

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