Warm Season &
Poster, Essay & Limerick Contest
The grasses that grow in Kansas can be divided into two categories: cool season and warm season. The cool season grasses include Tall Fescue, Kentucky Bluegrass and Smooth Bromegrass. Cool season grasses grow best in the spring and the fall when temperatures are lower.
The warm season grasses include big bluestem, little bluestem, Indian grass and switchgrass. Although these types may take longer to green up in the spring, they are able to thrive in summer heat that would otherwise cook the cool season grasses.
If you need to plant grass seed, by knowing what type you are planting, you will have a better chance to have a successful grass establishment. Cool season grasses, such as brome, are best planted August 15-October 1, and another window of Dec. 1 through April 15. Warm season grass, such as big bluestem or switch grass can be planted December 1-May 15, with mid-March being an optimum time.
The Douglas County Conservation District has a LandPride 606 NT seed drill that can help you with your seeding projects. Landowners with tractors of 30-40 horsepower can rent the drill for $100 check out fee, plus $10 per acre. Please contact Randy, the District Manager, for questions and schedule information: 785.843.4260, ext. 3.
Time is getting short to enter the 2016 Douglas County Conservation District Poster, Essay and Limerick Contest. The theme this year is "We All Need Trees".
Students in grade K-12th are invited to participate in the poster contest. Students in grade 5-8 are elegible to paricipate in the essay contest and students grade 3-8 are welcome to enter the limerick contest. Full rules and entry form are located under the "Education" tab, or click here. The deadline is September 16th.
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GHF Prairie Discovery Day
Prairie Discovery Day is the annual prairie picnic and walk at Grassland Heritage Foundation's Snyder Prairie and is your chance to experience one of our most beautiful tallgrass prairies. A free lunch starts at 11:45 with prairie walks at 12:15 and 1:30. Email GHF to RSVP and for additional info: www.grasslandheritage.org
We are located in the USDA Service Center
4920 Bob Billings Pkwy, Suite A
Lawrence, KS 66049
Farm Service Agency, ext 2
Natural Resources Conservation Service
and Douglas County Conservation District, ext 3
Office hours are 8:00 am-4:30 pm
Closed on all Federal Holidays