Josh Roe is a native of Republic County, Kansas. He was raised on a family crop and cattle operation that he holds financial interest in today. He holds B.S. and M.S degrees in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University and Iowa State University. Josh worked for eight years in the Department of Agricultural Economics at K-State. His specialties include water quality and quantity, agricultural finance, farm management and bio fuels. He joined the Kansas Department of Agriculture as the staff economist in January 2014 and was named Assistant Secretary of Agriculture in February of 2015. His duties include co-leading the state and federal legislative teams and supervising the economic, fiscal, and information technology divisions.

Josh Roe

Josh Roe will be presenting the following on Friday:

4:30 p.m.  Economics of Cover Crops, SARE Farmer/Rancher Grantee  with Josh Roe

This NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher Grant compared the economics of three, after-wheat cover cropping scenarios in Republic County Kansas: using cover crop mixes without harvesting, grazing cover crops, and haying cover crops. The field was approximately 61 acres and plots were laid out under the supervision of Peter Tomlinson, K-State Extension Agronomist, to ensure replicable results and advice on specific cover crop varieties was provided by Dale Strickler, a widely known cover crop expert. The three scenarios were:

  1. A cover crop cocktail consisting of legumes, brassicas, and forage components such as oats planted after wheat harvest in the summer of 2014 on approximately 20.3 acres;
  2. A cover crop cocktail planted on approximately 20.3 acres after wheat harvest and 50 head of 400-500 pound steers turned out to graze; and
  3. A cover crop cocktail planted on approximately 20.3 acres after wheat harvest and swathed and baled at the optimal time to balance tonnage and protein content.
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