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Meadowlark Expansion District

In agriculture, we often talk about risk management. It is discussed from many different angles. In this space last week, I noted the March 15 decision deadline for ARC/PLC programs. They are part of crop risk management. Indeed, in addition to these programs administered by the USDA Farm Service Agency, they have an entire entity (USDA Risk Management Agency) dedicated to another risk management option: crop insurance. Risk management in agriculture is important and there are many ways to go about it.

When it comes to managing risks for grain producers, marketing is another aspect to consider. If you’re looking for ways to improve your corn marketing expertise, consider signing up for the Winning the Game Corn Marketing workshop being held on Friday, February 11 at the NEK Heritage Complex (south of Holton). We’ll start at 9:30 am with registration, then jump straight into an overview of the key factors in developing an effective marketing plan. Before we hit lunchtime, KSU agricultural economist Dr. Dan O’Brien and Kanas Farm Bureau commodity director Mark Nelson will already have you thinking about what it might look like. your pre-harvest grain marketing plan. After lunch, they will end with a discussion of individual plans, providing you with an actionable plan of action that matches your marketing strategy. We’ll discuss the market outlook and get you out around 2:30 p.m.

To help with meals and materials, RSVPs are requested by Monday, Feb. 7 at any Meadowlark Extension District office or by email at [email protected] The registration cost is $15, payable at the door. For more information, contact the Holton office at (785) 364-4125 or visit: https://www.meadowlark.k-state.edu/crops-soils/index.html for flyer/registration.

If risk management in the cow-calf sector interests you more, consider the Cow/Calf Risk Management Short Course offered Wednesday evening, February 23 at the Glacial Hills Business Resource Center in Sabetha. Three quick sessions will cover cow/calf business budgeting, livestock marketing and livestock insurance options, using a real-life case farm exercise to outline options you can apply to your own operation.

Registration is $15, payable at the meeting. Please contact Meadowlark Extension District Livestock and Natural Resources Officer Ross Mosteller at (785) 336-2184 or email [email protected]

Recommended Plants for Kansas

Redo a landscape? Whether it’s landscape plants, lawns or even vegetable crops, a point in the right direction can sometimes be invaluable. If you’ve had trouble finding a list of recommended plants for Kansas, visit our web page dedicated to this topic: http://hnr.k-state.edu/extension/info-center/recommended-plants/ . You’ll see links to a wide variety of plants, including irises, daylilies, fruits, vegetables, grass, roses, and low-maintenance trees (tree recommendations are broken down by areas of the State). There’s even a list of recommended low-water plants.

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