Fall burning demonstration planned Sept. 11 near Thayer, Kansas

Site is former CRP land that will return to livestock production

The K-State Research and Extension Southwind and Wildcat Extension districts, the Natural Resources Conservation District, and the Neosho County Conservation District are teaming up to host a Fall Burning Demonstration, free to the public at 2 p.m. on Sept. 11 at the Duff farm near Thayer. A rain date is at 2 p.m. on Sept. 18.

K.C. Olson, professor of range beef cattle nutrition and management with Kansas State University, will discuss the advantages of fall burning for serecia lespedeza weed control.

Additional experts from K-State Research and Extension, the NRCS, or the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism will discuss burn safety, protocol and burn equipment. Following the discussions, several acres of expired Conservation Reserve Program ground will be burned with the intent of reducing weed pressure. This pasture is slated to eventually be placed back into livestock production.

Directions to the Duff farm: From Erie, Kansas take 59 south approximately 3-1/2 miles to 100th Rd., and then west approximately 8-1/2 miles to the farm site. From Thayer, Kansas take 169 north approximately 1-1/2 miles to 100th Rd, then east approximately 2-1/2 miles to the farm. Signs will be posted.

For more information, contact Christopher Petty with the Southwind District Extension Office at 620-223-3720 or by e-mail at [email protected].