The 21st annual Kansas Agricultural Technologies (KARTA) Conference will be Jan. 18 to 19 in Junction City at the Courtyard by Marriott & adjacent Convention Center, 310 Hammons Dr.

This annual event brings hundreds of agricultural producers and industry leaders together for a two-day interactive workshop on the ever-changing precision agriculture industry. There will be presentations on a wide variety of topics dealing with precision agriculture. The two-day event also includes vendor displays, the KARTA annual meeting, research presentations from grant recipients, and an interactive evening discussion that is always an attendee favorite.

Conference topics and invited speakers include:

• Making precision work, perspectives of a service provider — Ty Flichenster, Upward Ag Systems.

• Are you harvesting your most important assets? — Jeremy Wilson, CropIMS.

• The internet of machines — Jason Ward, North Carolina State University.

• Optimizing every plant with automation — Erik Ehn, Blue River Technology.

• Approaches to variable rate nitrogen — Brian Arnall, Oklahoma State University.

• Rapid fire overview of current precision ag research at K-State — various K-State faculty.

In addition to the invited spearks, KARTA members will present research results from various on-farm projects.

The conference is co-sponsored by K-State Research and Extension and the Kansas Agricultural Research and Technology Association, whose members are producers, university researchers and industry professionals focused on learning about agricultural production and technological and informational changes on today’s farms.

There is a fee for the conference, and participants must register. More information about the conference, including online registration, visit

Information also is available by contacting Lucas Haag, K-State Research and Extension Northwest Area crops and soil specialist, at (785) 462-6281 or email

• K-State Research and Extension is partnering with the Northwest Kansas Crop Residue Alliance to host the 15th annual Cover Your Acres Winter Conference for crop producers and consultants Jan. 16 to 17 at the Gateway Center in Oberlin, Kansas.

Cover Your Acres is a producer-driven meeting focused on new ideas and research-based updates in crop production in northwest Kansas and the central High Plains region.

The conference, which typically draws more than 400 attendees from Kansas and other states, highlights the latest technology, methods and conservation practices to improve crop production in the region. This year, it will feature university specialists and industry representatives discussing the following topics:

• A historical look at climate variability.

• Making the right crop insurance choices.

• Maximizing your rangeland.

• Moisture probes: measurement to management.

• Northwest Kansas Agronomy Research update.

• Profitability opportunities and pitfalls.

• Smart spending of your fertilizer dollar.

• Soil health and profitability in dryland cropping.

• Surviving and thriving in tough times.

• Weed management strategies.

The same program is offered both days of the conference. Registration will begin at 7:45 a.m., with educational sessions ending at 5 p.m. The sessions are followed by a “bull session” Tuesday evening where attendees can visit with industry and university specialists.

Early registration is due by Jan. 10. The fee is $40 for either Jan. 16 or 17 or $50 for both days. After Jan. 10, the cost is $60 per day. The conference fee includes lunch and educational materials. Continuing education unit credits are available for commercial applicators and certified crop advisors. The conference will take place regardless of weather, and no refunds will be given.

Mail registration, with a check payable to KSU, to Cover Your Acres, KSU NW Research-Extension Center, P.O. Box 786, Colby, KS 67701. To view the conference details and for online registration, visit For questions, call (785) 462-6281.

Stacy Campbell is a Kansas State Research and Extension agent in Hays for the Cottonwood Extension District Office.