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July 22, 2014
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K-State’s Horticulture Field Day in Colby Set for Aug. 13

Northwest Research-Extension Center Marks 100th Year Anniversary

COLBY, Kan. – Kansas State University will host its 2014 Horticulture Field Day in Colby on Wednesday, Aug. 13 with a little something extra to celebrate. This year marks the 100th anniversary of research and outreach at the university’s Northwest Research-Extension Center.

The field day starts with registration at 5:15 p.m. and a guided tour of the grounds at 5:30 p.m., plus a welcome and brief overview of the center’s history by Bob Gillen, head of K-State’s Western Agricultural Research Centers.

The program starts at 6:15 p.m. Topics and K-State Research and Extension speakers include:

· Tree selection and care for northwest Kansas – Holly Dickman, Ellis County extension horticulture agent;
· Turfgrass selection and care for northwest Kansas – Jared Hoyle, extension turfgrass specialist;
· Shrub selection and care for northwest Kansas – Cheryl Boyer, extension ornamental nursery crops specialist; and
· Prairie Star annual flower trials – Alan Stevens, extension floriculture specialist.

Attendees are encouraged to bring in samples from their home gardens for identification and diagnosis.

Members of the K-State Research and Extension Thomas County Master Gardeners will be on hand to share information about the Master Gardener program, and Duane and Jo Cheney, owners of Sharing the Bounty Garden Market will be available to talk about the Community Supported Agriculture Program.

More information is available by contacting Vicki Brown at 785-462-6281.


K-State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well-being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K-State campus, Manhattan.

Story by: Mary Lou Peter
K-State Research & Extension News

Rodney Zimmerman - 785-462-6281