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The entire month of March is dedicated to our producers and farm families across the nation for feeding the world! America’s farm and ranch families represent the cornerstone of our freedom and way of life, now and in the future.

Your ag news roundup

Here is your Friday Ag Update!

Well Mother Nature brought some wind and colder temperatures, but spring will be here SOON! Producers are busy with calving and also making some tough decisions on their 2023 wheat crop and the upcoming spring row crop season! Just remember, if you were unable to participate in any of the winter educational programs, many of them were recorded and are posted at > crops > meetings. If you have questions on these, simply contact Blaire or Sandra. These programs may help you in making those challenging decisions Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Did you know more than 21 million jobs are linked to agriculture?
Agriculture is for Everyone
This week Sarah (KSU Extension Weed Specialist) and Joe chat with Dr. Erin Hill from Michigan State University about weed ID apps!
War Against Weeds Podcast

Kansas Land Values, Rental Rates and Ownership
March 22 and April 5
12:00 - 1:00 Each Day
Webinar Series
More Information and to Register
Kansas Drought Monitor Map
The drought condition for the state of Kansas hasn’t really improved much! But northcentral Kansas is better off than western and southwestern Kansas. The Kansas Mesonet Data Library is an excellent tool to utilize for your cropping decisions! Provides precipitation, temperatures, wind and much more!!
Study shows that water conservation efforts also prove to be profitable!
The most recent studies showed that farmers continue to produce good yields and be profitable while reducing water. Learn more.
A study of American farmers’ adoption of precision agriculture technology indicates that during the first two decades of the 21st century, acreage farmed with automated systems has increased ten-fold or more. Find more information HERE.
Beef Quality Assurance Program
Thursday, April 13
6:00 p.m. - Hilton Garden Inn, Hays

Kansas State University has planned meetings in four locations to provide cattle producers with certification through the Beef Quality Assurance program. Closest to the Post Rock District is scheduled for Thursday, April 13, 6 p.m. -- Hilton Garden Inn, Hays. To register for one of the upcoming training sessions, contact Brooke Wines at or 785-273-5115. Onsite registration will also be available at each location. 
Post Rock Extension District, Agriculture Program Development Committee (PDC) meetings, have been scheduled around the district on March 21 and 22 in each of the counties. Any producer is welcome to attend if they would like to have input with the agricultural programming for our district.
Here is more information 
and the link to register.
Cattle Chat Podcast
Tracking devices tell us everything from the number of steps we take to the number of calories we consume to the hours of restful sleep we get at night, among other things. That data provides valuable information to those who are seeking it. While the collection mechanisms are different, tracking data on cattle after they leave the ranch can offer beneficial information to cow-calf producers, said the experts at the Kansas State University Beef Cattle Institute on a recent Cattle Chat podcast. Click Here to Listen!

KSU Agronomy Newsletter March 16, 2023
Highway 36 Livestock Learning Roadshow
March 13
Join us for a series that will focus on improving soil health and grazing practices to protect the environment and improve water quality and farm/ranch profitability starting March 13. There will be locations held in Mankato, Belleville, Washington, and Axtell with two separate dates to discuss grazing management and feed and water management. For more information and to register, see the flyer.
Time for Turnout
NCK Tech, Beloit, Kansas, Severence Student Union
April 12 beginning at 10:00am
The Post Rock District is bringing cattle producers a program to help them prepare for the grazing season! Come to listen to specialists speak on topics such as weed control and woody encroachment, how producers can better match their forage supply to the needs of their livestock, and how to improve their pasture health. We’ll spend the morning hearing from speakers then complete a walk through a pasture in the afternoon to get some hands-on experience!
Registration is $10 and lunch will be provided! For more information, view the flyer Here or to get registered, visit the link Here!
Don't hesitate to give us a call at any of our Post Rock Extension District Offices in Beloit, Lincoln, Mankato, Osborne or Smith Center! 
Sandra Wick (
Blaire Todd (
Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service
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