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October 8, 2018

Research Administrators Council to meet Oct. 9

Submitted by Sarah Hancock

The K-State Research Administrators Council will meet from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Oct. 9 in 227 K-State Student Union. After announcements from key offices, participants will hear a presentation by KC Olson, professor of animal sciences and industry. 

Olson's area of concentration is range beef cattle nutrition and management. One of his specialties is Sericea Lespedeza, a noxious weed that thrives in Kansas and crowds out more palatable forages. Sericea has few insect or disease problems and is not adequately controlled by herbicides. It is a serious, and expensive, problem for our state.

From 2013-18, Olson was funded more than half a million dollars by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to evaluate late-season burning and its effects on Sericea. Last year, College of Agriculture administrators and staff worked with Olson to bring together a group of almost 70 individuals from many different agencies within the state, including county weed directors, KDOT, KTA, Koch Industries and landowners.

Learn more about the Research Administrators Council.