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Cottonwood District

Cottonwood District

Barton County Office

1800 12th Street
Great Bend, KS 67530

620-793-1913 fax

Ellis County Office

601 Main Street
Hays, KS 67601

785-621-2002 fax


Welcome to the Cottonwood Extension District #17

 COVID-19 Continuity of Operations

I want to bring you up to date on how we are meeting the needs of our families in Barton and Ellis counties during this time of uncertainty. Our offices in both Great Bend and Hays are open and ready to provide answers to your questions. We are continuing to encourage social distancing when you are inside our offices. The use of masks in our public areas is encouraged. I encourage each of you to take care of many of your needs through phone calls or e-mails. We want to keep everyone healthy and safe.

It has been three years since our Extension District formed a partnership between Barton and Ellis Counties. Our staff of seven agents and two office professionals offer programming in the areas of Agriculture, Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H and Youth Development and Community Vitality. Let us know how we can help you!

Donna Krug, District Director


Pressure canner

  Testing the dial gauge on your pressure canner is an important consideration to assure your equipment will can your garden produce safely.  Donna Krug and Berny Unruh, Extension Educators at the Cottonwood Extension offices in Great Bend and Hays are happy to provide pressure gauge testing free of charge. Simply bring your lid to either office, 1800 12th Street in Great Bend, or 601 Main Street, in Hays and we will be happy to test your gauge. 

Wheat Heads

Virtual wheat demonstration plot tour - Cottonwood Dist.

Monday, June 1st at 9:30 a.m. Cottonwood Extension will be having a virtual wheat demonstration plot tour for wheat growers, and the supporting ag industries.

To join us during this event or at a later date the link is below and the password is




Everyday Mindfulness
or Life and the Practice of Mindfulness, Part II
FCS Agent Update


Fall 2020 Cottonwood District Newsletter

 Cottonwood District Newsletter Fall2020 Newsletter



2020 Kansas Custom Rates Survey

Timely Topics

2020 Barton County Milo Plot

KSU Wheat Variety Performance Tests

Wheat Variety Insect and Disease Rating 2020

2020 Barton County Wheat Variety Demonstration Plot Results

2020 Ellis County Wheat Variety Demonstration Plot Results

New study evaluated different herbicide programs for Palmer Amaranth control in post-harvest wheat stubble

Chinch Bug Information and Control

Sorghum Insect Management Guide

Resilient Relationships--Thriving and Surviving

Plant analysis for testing nutrient levels in soybeans

Post-harvest weed control in wheat stubble

Flood and Natural Disaster resources from K-State Research and Extension

Recent Rains Prompt Mold Questions

Industrial Hemp Resources

Suggested Maximum Rates of Fertilizer--Wheat and Corn and Grain Sorghum

2019 Kansas County-Level Cash Rents for Non-Irrigated Cropland

Healthy Food Donations