August 13, 2019
Palen Family Farms, Mitchell County Kansas, near Tipton
No-till on the Plains is hosting a soil health field day at Palen Family Farms near Tipton, KS. Through a grant from the northcentral region of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE), four producers across Kansas have planted demonstrations plots of grain sorghum with companion species (mung beans, guar, flax, mustards, buckwheat). The plots are designed to assess whether the companion plantings can reduce the need for herbicides and pesticides to protect the sorghum crop. Comparisons are being made between the plots and the rest of the sorghum field. Water use is also being monitored.
Also included in the field tour are soil health practices on Palen Family farms. Soil health demonstrations from NRCS Soil Health specialist Candy Thomas will begin the morning with soils demonstrations.