Brush-management tour set for Sept. 15

A brush management field day is planned from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, in rural Marion.

Registration and machine viewing will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Gary Kilgore, Kansas State University southeast area extension specialist, will start the day by explaining the rates and application timing for various chemicals that can be used to control brush. He will also discuss sericea lespedeza identification and control options.

Doug Spencer, Natural Resources Conservation Service rangeland management specialist, will walk participants through area that have been treated with chemical applications-including foliar, basal and frill treatment methods-while discussing pasture management before and after brush control.

Gary Schuler, Marion’s NRCS district conservationist, will discuss cost-share programs available for brush control.

The last morning stop will be a demonstration by local contractors of cut-stump treatments using the latest sheers and saws.

A free lunch will be provided by local sponsors, followed by a stop to view prescribed burning effects on brush.

Jeff Rue, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks biologist, will lead discussion on wildlife management related to brush control, followed by a field demonstration of a root plow used to control tree roots along crop field edges.

For more information or to register, call 620-382-3737, ext. 3, by Sept. 8 to sign up for the free lunch.

To get to the event, go 1.5 miles west of Marion on U.S. Highway 56, travel north one mile on Remington toward Pilsen, then travel west 1/4 mile on 210th and follow the signs.

The event is sponsored by NRCS, KDWP, KSU Extension-Marion County, Marion County Conservation District, U.S. Corps of Engineers at Marion Reservoir, Flint Hills RC&D and Marion Reservoir Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy.

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