Finney County Extension agents

Kansas State Research and Extension Finney County will offer two workshops Feb. 20 at the Grandstands Meeting Room on the Finney County Fairgrounds in Garden City. Crop Water Allocator Training will begin at 10 a.m. and a Sprayer and Nozzle Academy will start after lunch.

Today's weed management environment is becoming more complex with new and advanced crop products and spray technologies coming to market and weed resistance continuing to challenge growers. To address these concerns, Dr. Bob Wolf, former K-State Extension specialist, with the cooperation of BASF, developed the On Target Application Academy. This is a one-of-a-kind educational opportunity to provide growers extensive hands-on training of best practices in herbicide application.

Topics that will be discussed include: adjuvants, calibration, equipment clean-out, nozzle selection and demonstration, plant biology and sprayer setup. A key component of the academy is the opportunity for grower applicators to learn the best practices associated with self-application. These best practices help growers achieve the most effective and sustainable weed control possible while mitigating spray drift.

Many irrigators are facing challenges because of declining water yields from their wells. To optimize water applications with reduced irrigation capacity, irrigators are considering shifts in cropping patterns. Irrigators who have declining well capacities need to know what crop combinations would likely result in the highest net return.

The Crop Water Allocator developed by K-State Research and Extension allows producers to evaluate different crop mixes to determine the most probable best allocation of resources with the optimum net return. The CWA is a planning tool that uses all of the combinations of crops, market and fuel prices, irrigation amounts and land allocations that the program user wants to examine. Jonathan Aguilar, SW Kansas Research Center water resource engineer, will train producers on how to use this tool.

Everyone with an interest in these two topics is encouraged to attend. The only charge is an at-the-door $10 fee for lunch. Please pre-register by calling the Finney County Extension Office at 272-3670 by Feb. 13 to ensure a meal.

K-State Research and Extension is committed to making its services, activities and programs accessible to all participants. If you have special requirements due to a physical, vision or hearing disability, please call 272-3670.

If you have any questions about these workshops or any other concerns, call David Coltrain at 272-3670 or email

Radon danger

Radon is a natural gas and the second leading cause of lung cancer. Radon information is sent to different audiences through radio, television and other media including magazines, newspapers and newsletters. When people learn this information, they become surprised and sometimes are afraid to act on something that could save their lives or their loved ones.

Some people choose not to do the test, while others just don't want to know the risks. These are reasons people have mentioned for not testing:

* Fear of having to destroy their home.

* Fear that the results may affect the "economic value" of their homes.

* Fear that the results can adversely affect a real estate transaction.

* Fear of others knowing about it.

* Fear of knowing that they have been living in high levels of radon.

These fears are based on incorrect information. We want to reduce the number of people who die every year from breathing air with elevated radon levels. Here are some details:

* Elevated levels of radon can be reduced.

* Relievers certificates can help you assess your situation, depending on the results of the radon test, the type of home and the needs of your family.

* If your home is repaired, you and your family will be living in a healthy and safe environment and as a result, your home could be worth more than before.

* The laws of each state are different in terms of real estate transactions, but testing for radon before marketing your home for sale could make your home more attractive to buyers.

* It is important that you know the regulations of the state you are living in to report the results of your test.

We will always have a number of radon in our home. Know the levels of your home, do the test. If you are interested in lowering the risk of developing lung cancer because of radon, the only way is by testing your home and repairing it if necessary.

If, in the past, you have decided that you did not want to know the radon levels in your home, today might still be a great opportunity to make a change in this decision. It's a smart and a healthy option for you or any member of your family.

Radon kits are available at the K-State Research & Extension — Finney County office.

Any questions or concerns, call LĂ©hisa de Fornoza at 272-3670 or email

Knowledge at Noon

The Knowledge at Noon program series is sponsored by the Finney County Extension Office. February's program, "What's New at the Zoo," will be from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. Thursday at the Finney County Public Library, 605 E. Walnut St.

The speaker will be Kathy Sexson, director of Lee Richardson's Zoo. She will be giving information about our wonderful zoo here in Garden City. Plus all the new and upcoming events for the zoo.

If you have any questions, call LĂ©hisa de Fornoza at 272-3670. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch. Coffee and tea will be provided.

'Facts of Life'

Everyone can have a brain freeze. Memory lapses happen to people of any age. It seems that as we get older we start to associate these lapses with our age. A common misconception about the aging brain is that there is nothing that may be done with regard to memory and that new information cannot be learned. Often simple lapses in memory or decline in recall speed are mistaken for dementia, such as Alzheimer's disease.

The Master of Memory program will be presented by Sheryl Carson, family and consumer sciences agent for Kearny County. The program will provide helpful information about memory function and various strategies to help.

The program will be from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. Friday at the Finney County Extension Office, 501 S. Ninth St. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch; beverages will be provided. Please RSVP by noon Thursday by calling 272-3670.

Honor Flight fundraiser

On Feb. 15, Finney County 4-H members, families and volunteers along with the Eagles Lodge will host a fundraiser for a program that provides military service veterans a complimentary trip to the World War II memorial, Korean War memorial and Vietnam memorial and many other sites in Washington, D.C.

The Finney County 4-H clubs will be serving a chili meal, hosting a bake sale and items for the ticket auction to assist war veterans in having a chance to visit war memorials. Entertainment will be provided during the day with the Garden City High School ROTC Color Guard, Drill Team, JROTC Choir and the Drum line performing from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Also performing will be the Too Many Strings music group and more.

The fundraiser will be Feb. 15 at the Finney County Fairgrounds Exhibition Building from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Advanced fundraiser chili meal tickets are available from any 4-H family or the Finney County Extension Office. All proceeds will go to Honor Flight Garden City. If you cannot attend but wish to contribute, call the Finney County Extension Office at 272-3670.

For 4-H inquiries and questions, call Barbara Addison at 272-3670 or email