Kansas ranch managers and livestock producers are invited to the Short Grass Prairie Grazing Basics and Research Tour, Sept. 17 at the K-State Western Kansas Agricultural Research Center in Hays.

Keith Harmoney, KSRE range research scientist, and John Jaeger, KSRE beef cattle scientist, will be hosting the tour, which will show producers ways they can cope with two of their greatest challenges: drought and input costs. For producers who would like to have some early season grazing, but not annual cereal crop, the perennial cool-season grasses can fill that niche.

Because of the long drought that has been prevalent in the western and southwestern part of the state, many producers are interested in the effects of early weaning. Recent rains have provided some relief, but most areas of western Kansas are still well below average rainfall for this growing season, not to mention still coping with the deficits from the prior two growing seasons.

Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. with the Field Day running 9 a.m. to mid-afternoon. Cost for the day is $20, which includes lunch and handouts. For more information, and to register, visit kansasgraziers.blogspot.com. For questions, contact Mary Howell at kfu.mary@gmail.com or call (785) 562-8726.