K-State Research and Extension is offering two workshops targeting small acreage landowners who would like to learn more about managing their pastures. One workshop is scheduled at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds, Aug. 28, from 6:00 - 9:30 p.m., in Tonganoxie, Kan. The same workshop will be repeated at the Johnson County Fairgrounds, Aug. 29 from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., in Gardner, Kan. The fee for either workshop is $5.

Speakers are K-State Research and Extension specialists and agents except otherwise noted. Presentation topics and presenters include:

  • Weed management: Gary Kilgore, retired forage specialist;
  • Soil Testing and Interpretation: Mike Epler, agriculture and natural resources agent - Leavenworth County;
  • Construction of a Hot Wire Fence: Carol Blocksome, K-State research assistant;
  • Pasture and Native Grass Planting: Gary Kilgore, retired forage specialist;
  • Grazing Management/Utilization: Bill Wood, agriculture and natural resources agent - Douglas County;
  • Pond Management: Dan Lekie, agriculture and natural resources agent - Johnson County;
  • Manure Management: Will Boyer, Watershed Specialist;
  • Cost Share Opportunities: Gayla Speer, Johnson County Conservation District

The workshops are a multi-agency/multi-county effort. Anyone in Miami, Johnson, Douglas, Leavenworth and surrounding counties is welcome to attend. Advance registration is required. Refreshments will be provided. Registration is required by Aug. 21.

Those who are interested in attending the Tonganoxie meeting should contact Mike Epler, Leavenworth County Extension agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources, at 913-250-2300 or mepler@oznet.ksu.edu. For the Gardner meeting, Dan Lekie, Johnson County Extension agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources, is the contact at (913) 715-7000 or dan.lekie@jocogov.org. More information is also available on the K-State Research and Extension Johnson County Web site: www.johnson.ksu.edu.

Pasture management walking tour planned

Gary Kilgore, retired forage specialist from Kansas State University Research and Extension, will conduct a pasture walk Aug. 29 at 1 p.m. in Gardner, Kan. Interested participants should meet at the Johnson County Fairgrounds for a 45-minute introduction to pasture management. Participants will then caravan to two separate pastures for a walking tour.

Kilgore will answer questions regarding all aspects of pasture management. Weed identification and control, grazing management, planting and overseeding, fertilizer application and other topics of interest will be addressed.

Registration is available by contacting Dan Lekie, K-State Research and Extension agriculture and natural resources agent in Johnson County by Aug. 21 at 913-715-7012 or dan.lekie@jocogov.org. More information is available on the Web site: www.johnson.ksu.edu.