Pecan Experiment Field director, long-time researcher retiring next month

MANHATTAN – Pecan growers will have one last chance to learn from one of Kansas State University’s top experts in the field before he retires.

The 2018 Kansas Walnut Council Field Day will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 16, at K-State’s Pecan Experiment Field, located 2.5 miles east of Chetopa on Highway 166 and 3/4 of a mile south on 120th Street.

This year’s field day will be offered in conjunction with the Oklahoma Pecan Growers Annual Meeting and features pecan harvesting equipment demonstrations and instructions from some of the nation’s leading experts on successful pecan orchard establishment and management.

Bill Reid, the experiment field’s director, will retire in July. This may be the last opportunity for farmers and ranchers to benefit from his wealth of experience and knowledge in the culture and growth of pecan.

Lunch will be provided at no cost to participants. In addition to pecan management, the Kansas Walnut Council will also conduct its annual business meeting to discuss hosting the National Walnut Council Meeting in June 2019 at the Prairie Band Pottawatomie Casino and Resort.

The Walnut Council is a science-based organization that encourages research, discussion and application of knowledge about growing hardwood trees. The international association represents nearly 900 woodland owners, foresters, forest scientists and wood-producing industry representatives. The council promotes sustainable forest management, conservation, reforestation, and utilization of American black walnut (Juglans nigra) and other fine hardwoods.

To register for this event, please call the Kansas Forest Service at 785-532-3300 or e-mail Bob Atchison, rural forestry coordinator for the Kansas Forest Service, at atchison@ksu.edu.

K‑State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well‑being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county extension offices, experiment fields, area extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K‑State campus in Manhattan. For more information, visit www.ksre.ksu.edu

About the Kansas Forest Service

The Kansas Forest Service is the nation’s fifth oldest state forestry agency. The agency serves rural landowners, communities, rural fire districts, forest and arboriculture industries, and citizens of the state through its Conservation Tree and Shrub Planting, Fire Management, Community Forestry, Rural Forestry, Marketing and Utilization, and Forest Health programs. The Kansas Forest Service state office is located in Manhattan, Kansas, just west of the campus of Kansas State University. The Kansas Forest Service is housed as an independent agency within K-State Research and Extension. The agency receives its direction from a mission statement that reads: “Care of Natural Resources and Service to People through Forestry.”