Finney County Extension agent

In-Depth Sunflower School will be presented on Monday at the Carpenter 4-H Building on the Scott County Fairgrounds in Scott City. The school will start at 10 a.m. with registration and end at 3 p.m.

Pre-registration is needed by Friday by calling the Scott County Extension Office at (620) 872-2930. Pre-registered participants will receive lunch and materials at no cost.

Topics include: Disease Issues in Sunflowers, Economic Factors of Sunflower Production, Management of Insect Pests in Commercial Sunflowers, Sunflower Production Basics and Weed Management in Sunflowers.

Presenters include:

* Doug Jardine, Extension specialist and state leader, field row crops

* Troy Dumler, Southwest Area Extension agricultural economist

* J.P. Michaud, associate professor, entomology

* Jeanne Falk, multi-county specialist, crops and soils

* Curtis Thompson, weed management specialist

The program is sponsored by K-State Research & Extension.

Soil fertility workshop

Dorivar Ruiz Diaz, K-State Research & Extension soils and plant nutrition specialist, will be presenting a soil fertility workshop 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Carpenter 4-H Building in Scott City.

Topics covered are: nitrogen and phosphorus management, micro-nutrient management, fertilizer sources, product enhancements, producer questions, and soil testing.

There is no cost to attend this program, however RSVP registrations are needed to hold the workshop, with a minimum of attendees. Please call the Scott County Extension Office at (620) 872-2930 by Feb. 20 if you plan to attend. The program is sponsored by K-State Research & Extension.

Historical custom rates in Kansas and projections

Costs associated with owning and operating farm machinery is a major expense for most farming operations. Rather than owning all the required equipment, some farm operations rely on hiring others to perform certain field operations (e.g., custom harvesters, chemical applications). Likewise, some producers perform custom work for others as a means of spreading the fixed costs associated with machinery ownership over more acres, thus reducing their per acre costs. Because of this, information regarding custom rates for various field operations is of interest to both those hiring work done, as well as those doing custom work.

Another use of custom rates information is to allocate whole-farm costs to specific enterprises and to benchmark machinery costs. For example, see Custom Rates and the Total Cost to Own and Operate Farm Machinery in Kansas, (Beaton, Dhuyvetter, and Kastens) and the associated decision tool (KSU-MachCost) available on for a discussion of evaluating and benchmarking farm machinery costs. 2013 Kansas Custom Rates books are also available at the Finney County Extension Office, 501 S. Ninth St.

2013 Chemical Weed Control publication

The 2013 Chemical Weed Control publications from K-State Research Extension is available at the Finney County Extension Office. This publication is for field crops, pastures, rangeland, and noncropland. This publication provides suggestions for chemical weed control in several major crops. The publication is free to the public.

Finney County 4-H Day

4-H Day for 4-H members in Finney County will be Saturday at Holcomb High School, starting at 8 a.m. The winners in the age levels and categories will advance to the regional contest March 2 in Dodge City.

Youth will convey knowledge during talks, demonstrations, extemporaneous, digital presentation or public speaking presentations. 4-H members also will be performing vocal talent, instrumental talent, and group music, drama, skits, plays and dance presentations. Model

Meeting presentations help youth learn proper parliamentary procedure in a fun way!

The public is invited to support our 4-H youth as they showcase their presentation talents.

Knowledge At Noon program

"Through the Years - Downtown Garden City" will be presented by: Johnetta Holmes-Hebrelee, Finney County Historical Museum education coordinator. Take a trip down yesteryear Main Street Garden City. Old photos pave the way as we travel down Main Street when a dirt road with trolley tracks took a visitor to the "Waldorf of the Plains" and the Opera House was the place to be for a play or recital. Through the years, many changes have occurred on Main Street, yet yesteryear still peaks through the facades and signage gone but not forgotten.

The Knowledge At Noon program is scheduled for 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. Thursday at the Finney County Public Library. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunch and enjoy a relaxed lunch hour and increase their knowledge of the history of "Main Street, Garden City."

For more information, call the Finney County K-State Research Extension office at 272-3670.

Noon Program on "hoarding"

Hoarding can affect anyone, regardless of age, sex or economic status. According to the International OCD Foundation, between 700,000 and 1.4 million people in the U.S. exhibit compulsive hoarding behavior. Attend this informative program and learn what causes someone to hoard and what you can do to help.

The program will be presented by Carol Ann Crouch, Family Consumer Science agent from Scott County, from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Finney County Extension Office, 501 S. Ninth St.

RSVP by Feb. 15 by calling 272-3670 or email RSVP's are needed to better facilitate setup and program materials. Thank you for letting us know that you plan on attending.

Walk Kansas begins in March

Now is the time to mark your calendar and get ready to dust off your walking shoes.

K-State Research and Extension has announced March 17 through May 11 as the dates for the 2013 edition of Walk Kansas, its annual eight-week fitness challenge.

The springtime offering has become a perennial activity with many in Kansas, said Sharolyn Jackson, state program coordinator, who noted that the team approach is appealing because the goal is shared.

Walk Kansas challenges teams of six to log regular physical activity equivalent to walking the 423 miles from the state's east to west borders.

Choosing to do it together allows team members to do something that most could not do alone, said Jackson, who noted that the program, which will begin its 12th year, is intended to encourage inactive individuals to add enjoyable, health-promoting physical activity to their everyday lives.

And for teams who prefer a greater challenge, Jackson suggested options, such as walking across the state and back, or around the state.

K-State Research Extension - Finney County is the front door source to your everyday questions for information and knowledge. In this digital world we are the human touch. Every question is of value to you and us. Give the Extension Office a call at 272-3670, or better, walk in our front door at 501 S. Ninth St, for information to help you make a better decision.