Not so long ago, farmers took a one-size-fits-all approach to weed management. However, advances in agricultural technology have changed things – a lot – and growers can now focus on problematic areas of a particular field.
Kansas State University agronomy professor Anita Dille will update producers on the latest in site-specific weed management at the 19th annual Kansas Agricultural Technologies Conference and trade show planned for Jan. 21-22 in Junction City, Kansas. The conference is sponsored by the Kansas Agricultural Research and Technology Association http://www.karta-online.org and K-State Research and Extension.
Other topics on the agenda include seeding technology, to variable rate seeding for corn, to a firsthand producer experience with precision agriculture. Using weather data in precision farming and numerous presentations on recent research are among the conference highlights, said K-State Research and Extension northwest area agronomist Lucas Haag.
Haag, along with K-State agricultural economist Terry Griffin, agricultural and biological engineer Ajay Sharda, and cropping systems specialist Ignacio Ciampitti, work with producers to carry out research projects on privately owned farms. Results from nearly a dozen on-farm research trials will be presented at this year’s annual conference.
“When we work closely with producers on their farms, it’s a learning experience that allows producers to use their own equipment, on their own farms, to answer the questions most important to them,” Haag said.