Wildcat Connection February 2019 - Page 18

ure, the weather got cold; however, we have had some hot agriculture education programs and plenty more to come. On the evening on January 15, the Soybean School in the Southeast Research and Extension Center had nearly 50 attendees listen to a number of great speakers talk about everything soybeans from markets to weeds and insects to soil. On February 11, 2019 we will keep it going with a Pre-Plant Corn school which will also be in the Southeast Research and Extension Center. The Pre-Plant Corn School will be in the morning to mid-afternoon and lunch will be provided.

Crop schools are not the only programs we have coming up. The day after the corn school on February 12, 2019 will have an Industrial Hemp Information Meeting. This program covering the complex issue will likely be better described in Jeri’s update.

March will usher in a program in Neodesha with the simple name Dirt Day; however, this program will be far from simple covering a variety of topics about all things soil. The exact date TBA. We will cover poultry litter management, cover crop fertility and profitability, the geological history of southeast Kansas, pasture fertility and broomsedge control, cattle pond and nutrient management, crop management zones, and field ephemeral gully erosion control. This day packed with great speakers and topics will be at the Neodesha Civic Center and the program is free. If you love dirt, this is not a program to miss.

We are in the works of bringing in some trainers for private and commercial applicators to get re-certified for this year’s special Dicamba training for those who plan to use Xtendimax, FeXapan, and Engenia soybeans. We don’t have specific dates or locations set yet but these one- to two-hour trainings are required for Dicamba applicators to be recertified every year.

We’ve got plenty of extension education here in the Wildcat District. With so much going on it will be spring before we even know it.