Sunflower informational meeting set for Dec. 10 in Hillsboro

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN RICKY ROBERTS
Rickey Roberts-KSU Extension

The K-State Extension councils of Marion, Harvey, McPherson and Dickinson counties will be hosting a a Sunflower production school at the United Methodist Church in Hillsboro. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m., Dec. 10.

Presenters for the meeting will include Roger Stockton, K-State sunflower specialist, Stu Duncan, K-State south-central area agronomist, Dan O’Brien, K-State northwest area agricultural economist, and Ken Berndt of Northern Sun Inc. Topics will include planting, harvesting, marketing and all subjects in between.

Sunflowers in Kansas continue to grow as a primary crop and in double cropping systems. In south-central Kansas the number of planted acres has risen from 5,800 acres to more than 35,000 acres.

A small fee will cover lunch. Anyone interested in attending is asked to notify the extension office (382-2325) by Dec. 5.

Farm bill sign-up training-The Marion County extension office continues to receive numerous calls from producers needing help with sign-up decisions for the new farm program.

K-State has developed a spread sheet to help farmers make these difficult choices. Even so, completing the data and interpreting the results can still be difficult. This training session is intended to help the spread sheet become a farm-bill decision-making tool.

The meeting will beat 6:30 p.m., Dec.11, in the computer lab at Peabody High School.

This will be a hands-on training opportunity where participants will enter sample data and then discuss how to interpret the results. Space for this will be limited so potential participants need to call the extension office to reserve a place.

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