KLA/K-State Field Day To Be Held Near Thayer

August 2, 2022

(TOPEKA) – Newland Farms will be the site of the August 16 Kansas Livestock Association (KLA)/Kansas State University Ranch Management Field Day. Located near Thayer in Neosho County, Newland Farms is a family operation that consists of an Angus-based commercial cow-calf herd, a farming enterprise where corn, soybeans and wheat are produced and a backgrounding business. Fescue grass haylage is cut and baled for feed for the cowherd. The Newlands retain their own replacement females and background calves on native pasture. 

To kick off the educational program, KSU Department of Entomology Assistant Professor Cassandra Olds will discuss the role of house flies in the spread of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria and the importance of developing integrated pest management programs. 

A panel discussion led by local farmers Austin Hobbs, Tyce Marple, Bradley McVey and Ethan Seller will highlight the benefits and drawbacks of using fixed-wing planes versus helicopters for aerial seeding of cover crops. 

To wrap up the program, a technician from Agri Spray Drones will dive into the metrics of utilizing a drone for spraying crops and demonstrate the technology for attendees. Agri Spray Drones is a full-service drone sales firm focused on helping producers and landowners utilize unmanned aerial vehicles in liquid and granular application. 

The field day at Newland Farms will begin with registration at 3:00 p.m. and include a free beef dinner at 6:30 p.m. All livestock producers and others involved in the business are invited to attend.       

To get to the operation, head south for 19 ¼ miles on US 169. Turn west (right) onto 30th Road for half a mile before turning north (right) at the first cross street onto Brown Road. Travel north on Brown Road for half a mile and Newland Farms will be on the west (left) side of the road. “Field Day” directional signs will be posted near the event.             Other field days in the 2022 series will be held August 23 at Ebert Ranch/Ahlquist Farms near Tescott and August 25 at Burgess Land & Cattle near Westmoreland. All the field days are sponsored by the Farm Credit Associations of Kansas and Huvepharma.             

KLA is a trade organization representing the business interests of independent beef producers at the state and national levels. Members of the association are involved in all segments of the livestock industry, including cow-calf production, backgrounding, cattle feeding, swine, dairy and sheep. -30-