Soil health farm workshops, tours scheduled for Axtell, Palmer

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Producers will get the opportunity to participate in two farm tours and workshops that focus on the benefits of soil health, cover crops with a look at the economics, nutrient availability and various farm practices.

The Wednesday, July 13, workshop will start at 9 a.m. at the Lucinda Stuenkel, Sunny Day Farm, 1835 Parallel Road, in Palmer. Farm tour will be from 9 a.m. to noon. The Sunny Day Farm tour will feature a variety of cover crops, farming practices, fencing and water development for grazing management and low stress, labor saving, safe livestock handling that includes a well designed maternity/calving pen.

Lunch will be served at the Linn Legion, in Linn, Kan. The afternoon program will feature Candy Thomas, KS Natural Resource Conservation Service, with a demonstration of the rainfall simulator. Brice Custer, regenerative farmer from WaKeeney, will present “Farm Economics, Why We Made a Change.”

The Thursday, July 14, workshop will start at 8:30 a.m. at the St. Michael’s Parish Hall, 605 Elm St., in Axtell. The tour will feature the Bill Buessing Farm with soil health and crop variety discussion led by Keith Berns, Green Cover Seed. CPA will have a drone seeding demonstration on Bill’s Farm. Lunch will be provided by Ace’s Catering at the Parish Hall, Axtell.

The afternoon program will feature Candy Thomas, KS NRCS, with a demonstration of the rainfall simulator. Brice Custer, Regenerative Farmer from WaKeeney, will present “Farm Economics, Why We Made a Change.”

Both of these workshops are free to attend and include lunch. Attendees need to register, for meal count purposes. Please RSVP by Friday, July 8, if possible to Ryan O’Neill at 785-340-2545 or [email protected].com, or Mary Howell at 785-562-8726 or [email protected]

This program is sponsored by the Tuttle Creek WRAPS Project and Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition’s multi-year conservation collaborative agreement grant from NRCS Kansas-USDA.

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