Kansas Ag Technology Conference slated Jan. 23-25 in Salina

The 11th annual Kansas Agricultural Technology Conference is moving to a three-day format to accommodate the needs of both novice and veteran producers, as well as consultants, industry participants and others.

The conference, Jan. 23-25 at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center in Salina, is an applied workshop designed for those who want to use or are using precision agricultural concepts in their farming and other businesses, said Kansas State University agronomist Scott Staggenborg.

K-State Research and Extension and the Kansas Agricultural Research Association (KARA) are co-sponsoring the conference.

The first day is geared toward those who may be newer to site-specific technologies, said Staggenborg, who is a coordinator of the event.

Several of the speakers are experienced users of the technologies and "have a view to the future," he said. Day one topics range from "Using Precision Tools for Making On-Farm Decisions" to "Who is Going to Take Your Data to the Next Level" and more.

The second day focuses on "pushing the envelope" of technology with glimpses of what is new and on the horizon, Staggenborg said. The day´s topics range from "Sprayer Tip Technology Update" and "Site-Specific Management" to "Record Keeping," "Water Quality," "Autonomous Vehicles" and others.

The third and final day includes presentations by farmers who have had research conducted on their farms. The topics range from seeding rate studies to improving the accuracy of yield monitors.

"There will be plenty of time for participants to visit with presenters, vendors and each other and to get questions answered over the course of the three days," Staggenborg said.

The registration fee for the conference is $100 if paid by Jan. 15 and $125 after that date. Members of KARA receive a $50 discount. The fee covers conference materials, lunch on all three days and refreshments during breaks.

More information and a downloadable, printable registration form is available at http://www.KsAgResearch.com or by contacting Lee Scheufler at 620-257-2508 or Scott Staggenborg at 785-532-7214

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