Frontier Extension District sets Agronomy Day

Planter and sprayer performance will be the topics covered at the Agronomy Day meeting hosted by Frontier Extension District. This year’s Agronomy Day meeting will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Feb. 18, 2014, at Celebration Hall, on the Franklin County Fairgrounds, in Ottawa. The meeting is free to the public and a sponsored lunch will be provided.

Yield potential can be lost as early as the day of planting according to university research. Many times this loss of yield is from variable plant spacing within tows and improper seeding depth or seed to soil contact. Planter maintenance and set up is the first step for getting a uniform stand. Ajay Sharda, KSU precision agricultural technology specialist, will be on hand to discuss planter setup, calibration and the differences among row units of various manufacturers.

John Slocombe, KSU ag and forage machinery safety specialist, will highlight sprayer calibration, tip selection, nozzle spacing and drift control options for agricultural sprayers. In addition, Doug Shoup, Southeast Area Extension agronomy specialist, will be on hand to discuss herbicide options for corn and soybeans.

The meeting is hosted by Frontier Extension District. For more information, or special needs, contact district agents Rod Schaub, 785-828-4438, or Darren Hibdon, 785-229-3520.

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