The Washington/Clay/Marshall County conservation tour of Lucinda and Sheila Stuenkel's farms has been rescheduled for Monday Nov. 7. The tour was cancelled from an earlier date. "A Conservation Journey to Improve Water Quality and Grazing" is the theme for the tour and educational program.
The Stuenkel's will host the tour on their farms, which are located on the boundary of Washington and Clay counties. The tour will begin at the Stuenkel's farmstead at 1835 Parallel Road, Palmer, Ks. at 1 p.m.
"The Stuenkel families have been very progressive in their grazing and cattle management techniques as well as conscientious of water quality and environmental impact," stated Robin Slattery, Washington County Extension office. "They would like to share their newly completed projects with other farm families and discuss visions for the future."
Conservation projects featured will be: geotextile use for watering and feeding sites, grazing cover crops, converting expired CRP into productive pasture, planning windbreaks and summer cattle shade, and streambank stabilization and sediment basins.
Educational speakers attending include Dale Strickler, Star Seed Inc., Thad Rhodes, Kansas Forest Service, and Will Boyer, K-State Watershed Specialist.
Registration will begin at 1 pm with the hayrack ride tour starting at 1:30 pm. A free dinner will follow the tour.
RSVP to the Washington Extension office, 785-325-2121 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org by Nov. 4. This program is jointly sponsored by the Tuttle Creek WRAPS program, Clay, Washington, and Marshall County Conservation Districts, K-State Research and Extension, and the Kansas Rural Center. Any further rescheduling due to weather will be announced via local radio stations the morning of the tour.
Directions to Lucinda Stuenkel's farm: From Hwy 15: Turn East on Clay County 30th Road (aka 362 or Fact Road) for 3 miles, then North 1 mile on Quail Rd., and East 1.5 miles on Parallel Rd.; or From Hwy 119 or Utah Road: Turn West on Clay County 30th Road (aka 362 or Fact Road) for 4 miles, then 1 mile North on Quail Rd., and 1.5 miles East on Parallel Rd.
The workshop is funded in part by the Tuttle Creek WRAPS Watershed with financial assistance from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment through EPA Section 319 Non-point Source Pollution Grant funds or Kansas Water Plan Funds.