K-State Research and Extension News
July 14, 2014
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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 – 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, Manhattan.

Story by: Mary Lou Peter
K-State Research & Extension News

Vicki Brown - 785-462-6281 or vbrown@ksu.edu; Freddie Lamm – 785-462-6281 or flamm@ksu.edu