K-State Research and Extension
Western Kansas Agricultural Research Center

Bob Gillen, Head


The Western Kansas Agricultural Research Centers include the Northwest Research-Extension Center at Colby, the Southwest Research-Extension Center at Garden City, the Agricultural Research Center–Hays, and the Southwest Research-Extension Center –Tribune.


The mission of the Western Kansas Agricultural Research Centers is to develop practical and profitable production systems for grain, forage, and livestock in the water-limited environment of western Kansas.


Our main research programs include:

  • Beef cattle

  • Cropping systems

  • Entomology

  • Irrigation management

  • Plant breeding in wheat and sorghum

  • Plant pathology       

  • Rangeland management

  • Soil science

  • Weed management


A few recent research topics include the agronomics of canola production in southwest Kansas, the evaluation of new drought-tolerant corn hybrids, integrated management to counter herbicide-resistant weeds, and cow feeding under drought conditions.


The research scientists of the Western Kansas Agricultural Research Centers are committed to discovering new knowledge and to putting that knowledge into the hands of producers to make a positive impact on the agricultural economy of Kansas.


Our facilities are available for the use of all K-State Research and Extension activities. Visit us at www.wkarc.org for further information on the Western Kansas Agricultural Research Centers.



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