2017 K-State Crops Schools

(Dr. Ignacio Ciampitti) Good morning. My name is Dr. Ignacio Ciampitti. I’m a Cropping System Specialist at K-State Department of Agronomy. We are right now working, preparing, and organizing all the 2017 Crop Winter Schools activities. All information collected in 2016 is information that we’re really trying to put in together and make sure our farmers will have access to. Stay tuned. This year we are looking at again, three different crop schools. We’ll have a Corn Schools in three locations, second week of January. We’ll have Soybean Schools at three locations, last week of January. Then we’ll have Sorghum Schools, four locations, in the first week of February. The idea of the school is exactly the same. The goal is to make sure that farmers can have in one stop, one place, all the information related to crop production, disease, insects, fertilization, economics. The idea is to make sure that you farmers are really just stopping in one place and getting all the information that you need to make sure that you have a really successful 2017 growing season. We also will have in many of these schools our farmer panels. We are recruiting farmers with the idea of making sure that we have the important feedback and important information coming from farmers about what were the challenges in 2016, what were the main limiting factors facing corn, soybean, and sorghum. Also trying to communicate what were the best practices that they found working in their fields and really increasing productivity. As you all know, we are facing very challenging economic times in transforming crop prices, so we are looking for increasing efficiency of input use. That’s why it will be one of the main topics in our schools, how we really can increase the use of inputs but more efficiently. With the idea of saying when you are looking at your crops, you will be looking at your crops at bushels produced by basically what was the cost on producing those bushels, this again working in three different schools. The corn schools in 2017 will be on the second week of January where we’ll have three locations. Basically, we will be targeting very new topics; all fund research, precision planters, economics, and new fertilization strategies. That will be focusing on the corn schools on the second week of January. Then we’ll have last week of January, our soybean schools in three locations and again, focusing on new topics, having invited presentations. I mean trying to have these rapid talks of 20 minutes so we can get more topics and new faces for our farmers. The last one will be the first week of February related to sorghum schools, four locations and a similar format, trying to provide the most updated information in terms of, I mean faces, challenges with farmers who were facing these last growing season emphasizing sugarcane, emphasizing problems of standability, emphasizing issues of double crop yields, and emphasizing issues presented in the grain filling when the heads were not really filling properly. We’ll focus on these all new topics really relevant for farmers. I’m really looking forward to interact with our farmers on these three Crop Winter Schools. Be looking for e-updates in our K-State Agronomy Department. If you want to look for that information, go to ksu.edu/agronomy and then within the Agronomy Department just check in our e-update tab. Look for the newest update, that would present all the information related to the schools and also how you can register and any contact information related to all the locations.

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