Kansas State University is partnering with the Kansas Water Office and farmers across western Kansas to host eight Water Technology Field Days in August and September. The events are designed to show agricultural producers how the newest crop irrigation research and technology is being applied in real-life situations on private farms.
The dates, locations and times are:
Aug. 8 Tribune Homeland Farm 5 p.m.
Aug. 9 Hesston Jacob, Weber and R&E Goering farms 10:30 a.m.
Aug. 20 Scott City Circle C and Long farms 10:30 a.m.
Aug. 23 Larned WaterPACK & ILS Farm 10:30 a.m.
Sept. 4 Goodland NW Kansas Tech College Farms 9:30 a.m. (multiple events)
Sept. 5 Garden City The GCC-Roth Family, T&O and Harshberger farms 10:30 a.m.
Sept. 5 Liberal Hatcher Land & Cattle Farm 5 p.m.
Sept. 10 Troy Loess Hills Water Quality Farm 9 a.m.
The KWO provides financial assistance to K-State to provide technical support for some of the technology demonstration farms.
Some of the technologies are also being replicated in small plots at the K-State Southwest Research-Extension Center in Garden City.
"We are excited to work with the producers on these farms because we can then validate the results in our research plots to the production scale and conditions of actual farms," said Jonathan Aguilar, K-State associate professor and water resource engineer located in Garden City.
He leads the monitoring activities at six water technology farms within the Ogallala Aquifer region.