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Presentation and installation by Herschel George and Ron Graber

The recent drought taught us many things. From nutrition to health care and on to economics many of the daily management techniques we take for granted were put into question by nature’s withholding of rainfall. Perhaps no other seemingly mundane topic than stock water became a pivotal management issue. Water with high nitrates, excessive sulfates, blue-green algae, or simply the lack of water made cattle management difficult.

Depending upon where your operation is located will determine whether or not you have fully escaped drought conditions. For some this has been a spring and summer full of welcomed precipitation. Others are wondering why they just can’t seem to catch a rain. For years across cattle country producers have tried to bypass the stinginess of clouds and create plentiful stock water from underground sources.

On Friday, October 23, at 10:00 a.m. all interested will have the opportunity to learn more about solar watering systems and tire tank installation. The Garten family is hosting the demonstration at their farm west of Abilene. Located a quarter mile south of Interstate 70 at exit 272, and three quarters of a mile to the west the event is an easy to find.

Herschel George and Ron Graber, K-State Research and Extension Watershed Specialists, will be sharing their years of experience in helping producer enhance their operations. A sandwich lunch is provided to all who RSVP by Thursday, October 22. To stake your sandwich and seat at this educational event call Central Kansas District Extension at 785-308-5850 or Dickinson County Environmental Services at 785-263-4780. This solar watering systems and tire tank installation workshop is made possible by the support of Lower Smoky Hill River WRAPS groups, Natural Resources Conservation Service, K-State Research & Extension, and by EPA 319 funds.

A mature beef cow can consume between 10 and 30 gallons of water a day. As we take a breath after four plus years of drought we need to be prepared for the next dry period. Developing and enhancing watering systems now will have you ahead of the curve the next time it forgets to rain. Come on out Friday, October 23, at 10:00 a.m. to the Garten Farm west of Abilene and see a hands on demonstration of solar watering systems and tire tank installation. You’ll be glad you did!

“Kansas State University is committed to making its services, activities and programs accessible to all participants. If you have special requirements due to a physical, vision, or hearing disability, contact Carl Garten 785-309-5850, 300 W. Ash St, Salina, Kansas 67401”