Russ and Sandy Sylvester, of Franklin County in the Frontier District, were chosen as one of six Kansas Master Farmer and Master Farm Homemaker for 2013. They are leaders in farming and in their community and were honored at a banquet in Manhattan in March with family and friends watching. The Master Farmer and Master Farm Homemaker Award program began in 1927 and is sponsored by K-State Research and Extension and Kansas Farm magazine. (More pictures are below.)
Ron and Sandy have three children, Kay Selman (husband Mike), Kristine Wallace (husband Terry), Ronald Sylvester (wife Angela), and nine grandchildren.
At Sylvester Ranch in 1946, Wes Sylvester, father of Russ, began certified wheat seed production with K-State Research and Extension, where he grew certified seed and constructed a conditioning and bagging facility. Today, the operation still grows, processes and sells certified wheat seed but has increased the value-added concept by also producing soybeans and corn. The Sylvesters sell their corn to the East Kansas Agri-Energy ethanol plant, where they are shareholders, and at the Ottawa Co-op, where they are stockholders.
To preserve the land for future generations, the Sylvesters have installed windbreaks, tiled terraces and waterways. They also built two watershed dams, practice no-till and crop rotation, and incorporate cover crops in the fall. GPS is used on the farm for crop production.
Russ has served on the Franklin County Extension Board and represented the District on the State Extension Board. Sandy worked in banking many years and keeps farm records. Russ and Sandy are involved in church and are members of many agricultural organizations. They have hosted “Day on the Farm” with Franklin County 3rd graders for 15 years. They have also hosted “Walk to Bethlehem,” a Christmas event involving local churches, in December 2012 and 2013.
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