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Aquifer Field Day in Kress

June 30 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm


This event is designed to allow those interested to learn about management practices that can reduce or stabilize groundwater depletion levels in the region and assist in the transition from irrigated agriculture to rain-fed agriculture. Barry Evans, a Kress cotton and grain farmer, will be the featured speaker for the event. Evans was a minimum till practitioner for many years. He irrigates about 15% of his acreage and counts on rain-red agriculture on the rest.

Doors open at 8:30 a.m. in the meeting room at Jeff’s Restaurant, which is located at 500 US Highway 87, for registration and refreshments.

Following the 9 a.m. introductions, Brandt Underwood will give a presentation on the principles and practices of building soil health. That will be followed by an overview of the work of the Texas Alliance for Water Conservation, which is an organization that’s worked toward better irrigation management for years. Rick Kellison of Lockney, TAWC’s project director, will give that presentation. Katie Lewis, a soil scientist from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Lubbock, will also give a presentation about principles and practices of building soil health.

Evans will give a 20-minute summary of his approach to successful dryland farming. From there, the group will depart at 11 a.m. to visit some of Evans’ fields located near Kress.

The group will return to the meeting room at 12:15 p.m. for a “Steak Day” lunch that’s served at the restaurant on Wednesdays. The event will conclude at 12:45 p.m. with remarks from Jim Steiert, an ag journalist from Hereford.

To RSVP for the event, contact Darry Birkenfeld, Executive Director of Ogallala Commons, by calling 860-945-2255 or sending an email to darryl@ogallalacommons.org. Registration can also be done at the door on the day of the event.

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June 30
9:00 am - 1:00 pm


Ogallala Commons
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Jeff’s Restaurant
500 US Highway 87
Kress, 79052 United States
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(806) 684-2333