Western Kansas Agricultural Research Centers
Western Kansas Agricultural Research Centers

The Western Kansas Agricultural Research Centers (WKARC), one of several administrative units accountable to the KAES director, is composed of four sub-units including the Agricultural Research Center - Hays (ARCH), the Southwest Research-Extension Center - Garden City(SWREC) and Southwest Research-Extension Center - Tribune (SWREC-T), and the Northwest Research-Extension Center - Colby (NWREC).


News and Information

Released: July 14, 2014


K-State Field Day to Celebrate 25 Years of Subsurface Drip Irrigation Research
Producer panel discussion, trade show and a meal are part of the day

COLBY, Kan. – Through drought and wind, hail and rain, for 25 years Kansas State University researchers have studied subsurface drip irrigation technology for field crop production. To mark the anniversary, K-State’s Northwest Research-Extension Center at Colby will host a special anniversary SDI Technology Field Day on Wednesday, Aug. 6 at 105 Experiment Farm Road in Colby.

“This is where growers can come to have their questions answered,” said Freddie Lamm, research irrigation engineer with K-State Research and Extension. “We’ve built in plenty of opportunities for this to be an interactive day.”

The field day, from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., features presentations by K-State Research and Extension specialists in engineering and agricultural economics, plus field tour stops, refreshments, poster presentations on SDI-related topics, a trade show and an evening meal. Producers who are using SDI technology will give their perspective in a panel discussion.

The event is free and open to the public but pre-registration by July 28 is required for meal planning purposes. Contact Vicki Brown at vbrown@ksu.edu or 785-462-6281 (phone) or 785-462-2315 (fax) and indicate the number of people being registered. 

Tour topics include: 

• Comparison of SDI with Alternative Irrigation Methods;
• Strategies to Improve Crop Germination When Using SDI;
• Water and Nutrient Management with SDI;
• SDI and Alfalfa; and
• Research Facilities and SDI Wetting Pattern.

More information is available by contacting Brown at vbrown@ksu.edu or 785-462-6281.


K State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well being of Kansans.  Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K State campus in Manhattan.

Story by:
Mary Lou Peter
K-State Research and Extension

For more information:
Vicki Brown - 785-462-6281 or vbrown@ksu.edu
Freddie Lamm – 785-462-6281 or flamm@ksu.edu


K-State’s Horticulture Field Day in Colby Set for Aug. 13
Northwest Research-Extension Center Marks 100th Year Anniversary

COLBY, Kan. – Kansas State University will host its 2014 Horticulture Field Day in Colby on Wednesday, Aug. 13 with a little something extra to celebrate. This year marks the 100th anniversary of research and outreach at the university’s Northwest Research-Extension Center.
The field day starts with registration at 5:15 p.m. and a guided tour of the grounds at 5:30 p.m., plus a welcome and brief overview of the center’s history by Bob Gillen, head of K-State’s Western Agricultural Research Centers.

The program starts at 6:15 p.m. Topics and K-State Research and Extension speakers include:

• Tree selection and care for northwest Kansas – Holly Dickman, Ellis County extension horticulture agent;
• Turfgrass selection and care for northwest Kansas – Jared Hoyle, extension turfgrass specialist;
• Shrub selection and care for northwest Kansas – Cheryl Boyer, extension ornamental nursery crops specialist; and
• Prairie Star annual flower trials – Alan Stevens, extension florticulture specialist.
Attendees are encouraged to bring in samples from their home gardens for identification and diagnosis.

Members of the K-State Research and Extension Thomas County Master Gardeners will be on hand to share information about the Master Gardener program, and Duane and Jo Cheney, owners of Sharing the Bounty Garden Market will be available to talk about the Community Supported Agriculture Program.

More information is available by contacting Vicki Brown at 785-462-6281.