Three Bar Ranch Inc is using over 100 semi-permanent paddocks for management intensive grazing. They have recently added all of their cropland to the grazing system with annual forages, no fertilizer and only one chemical application per year. The change in management helped their operation weather the Starbuck fire in 2017 and makes their ranch more resilient to weather extremes.
Join us for the 2019 Cheney Lake Watershed Appreciation Dinner and Annual Meeting. Please RSVP by February 22nd.
Named the Leopold Conservation Award winners for Kansas in 2018, The Hoeme Family Farm and Ranch in Scott City exemplifies the ethical relationship between people and their land that was described by famed conservationist Aldo Leopold in his book, A Sand County Almanac. Come hear their story.
“(Dale) estimates that he has been able to increase the water holding capacity of his soil from 3 inches of available moisture to more than 12 inches. “
This is the premier no-till and soil health event in Kansas with dozens of great speakers from all over the world. There is a day for beginners on Monday, Jan 28 and an additional day of more in-depth workshops on Thursday, Jan 31. Visit the No-till on the Plains website for more information and a look at the agenda.
Scholarships are available for women involved in agriculture from No-till on the Plains. Scholarships for farmers and landowners in the Cheney Lake Watershed are available from our office as well. Contact us for more information.
Join us for lunch and an engaging workshop with Nebraska farmer, Del Ficke, the manager of Ficke Cattle Company – Graze Master Genetics®. With more than 35 years
of experience as both an agriculturist and cattleman, Del has developed a one-of-a-kind trademarked breed of composite cattle, the Graze Master.
Del has spent the last several years transitioning his farming operation back to what he calls, “a more holistic, sensible and profitable approach that is both modern and historically-based in both concept and philosophy.” He is restoring the soils to their more natural state and has transformed commodity-driven cropland back into native pastures as well as adopted a mob-grazing approach to cattle raising. Del has sold cattle genetics as well as consulted throughout the nation and internationally.
In addition to his production agricultural pursuits, Del has experience managing a medical clinic in Lincoln, Neb. and he has also held numerous leadership positions in agricultural associations and in agricultural business. Del and his wife Brenda live on the fifth-generation farm near Pleasant Dale, Neb.with their daughter Emily, son Austin and his wife Alyssa and their daughter Attley.
No need to RSVP. Lunch available as long as the food lasts!
“A 2-day event providing high-quality instruction to teach High Plains farmers and ranchers how to sustainably maximize profit from every acre of land.”
This event reflects land as a resource that, when treated with care, can continue to provide for farmers and ranchers even when times are tough. Building soil organic matter provides more water holding capacity, giving soil resiliency to produce even in times of weather extremes. Well-managed soils make soil nutrients more readily available, reducing the need for commercially applied fertilizers. Soils possessing healthy characteristics have fewer weed problems, pest problems and disease problems—all of which must be combated with chemical applications. All this can be managed by reducing tillage, diversifying crop rotation, adding grazing of crop residues, and adding cover crops.
Soil Health U and Trade Show is an HPJ event.
For more information, call:
High Plains Journal Special Projects Coordinator
Scholarships available for farmers and landowners in the Cheney Lake Watershed. Contact us for more information. 620-669-8161, ext. 2054. Or use the Contact Us page.