Crops Briefs: NCGA to hold ethanol education competition

2012-05-01T15:27:00Z Crops Briefs: NCGA to hold ethanol education competition Midwest Producer
May 01, 2012 3:27 pm

The National Corn Growers Association Ethanol Committee has created an ethanol education competition. High school and college students are asked to put together videos that showcase five facts about ethanol in two minutes or less. Ethanol Committee Chair Chad Willis said this new project will help connect youth to corn-based ethanol. And thanks to the format of the submissions - he says they will be ideal for placement on websites like YouTube or for sharing through social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

The winning videos will be posted on NCGA's YouTube site, promoted at state events, showcased at county fairs and aired during national meetings. NCGA is also hopeful the videos will go viral for the general public to view. Competition rules will be posted on and promoted to colleges and high schools throughout the nation by early May and again in late August/early September. The contest will open sometime in early May - with the final deadline in late fall.

Spring Crops Field Day at Parsons, Garden City

Spring Crops Field Days are planned at Kansas State University's Southeast Agricultural Research Center on Tuesday, May 15 and at the Southwest Research-Extension Center at Garden City on Thursday, May 31.

The Parsons event is immediately south of U.S. Highway 400 on Ness Road (North 32nd Street), starting with breakfast at 7:30 a.m.

Presentations and presenters include Tour of Wheat Variety Plots (26 varieties) by Allan Fritz, K-State wheat breeder; Kelly Kusel, SEARC  research assistant; and seed company representatives; Weed Control Update by Doug Shoup, K-State Research and Extension agronomist; Future Wheat Research in Kansas by David Frey, Kansas Wheat Commission; Vertical Tillage by DeAnn Presley, K-State Research and Extension soil management specialist; and Using Satellite Imagery for Crop Scouting by Kevin Price, K-State agronomist.

In case of rain, the field day will be held indoors. For more information, call the Southeast Agricultural Research Center at 620-421-4826.  

The Garden City center is at 4500 E. Mary St. It begins at 3 p.m. and ends with supper at 6:45.

Wheat and canola production in southwest Kansas will take center stage. Topics and K-State speakers include Wheat Varieties and Variety Tour by Jim Shroyer, cropping system agronomist; Wheat Diseases by Eric De Wolf, wheat pathologist; Cover and Fallow Replacement Crops by John Holman, cropping systems agronomist; Canola Varieties  and Variety Tour by Mike Stamm, canola breeder;  Canola Production by John Holman, cropping systems agronomist; and Wheat Breeding Program by Guorong Zhang, wheat breeder.

For more information, call John Holman at the Southwest Research-Extension Center at 620-272-8286.

NCGA sets record for memberships

The National Corn Growers Association reached a record high number of members, 37,231, at the end of March. The previous record of 37,160 was set in August.

"It is inspiring to see the level of support for our programs and activities that this new membership record suggests," said NCGA President Garry Niemeyer, who farms near Auburn, Ill. "This increased level of involvement makes obvious the value members believe NCGA staff and grower leaders provide to them and to the industry as a whole."

NCGA membership offers many benefits, including leadership opportunities, academic scholarships and discounts. Members play an active role in organizational leadership by shaping the direction of activities and influencing public policy that affects all farmers.

NCGA is part of a federation in cooperation with the many state-level grower associations and checkoff boards. More than 300,000 growers contribute to state and national organizations through corn checkoff funds in their states.

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