The Southeast Agricultural Research Center extends the mission of the Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station to the southeastern part of the state by conducting research in crop production, soil and water management, forage production, and forage utilization by grazing beef cattle with focus on the unique soil types and climate found in this area.
The Southeast Agricultural Research Center is comprised of approximately 1,100 acres with land near Parsons, Mound Valley, Columbus, and Altamont.
Crop Production Agronomist. Gretchen Sassenrath joined the faculty at the Southeast Agricultural Research Center as crop production agronomist in May. Gretchen was previously a plant physiologist in the Crop Production Systems Research Unit at the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Stoneville, Miss.
Field Days. Approximately 145 people attended the Beef Cattle and Forage Crops Field Day at the Mound Valley Unit on May 2. A Spring Crops Field Day was held at the Parsons Unit on May 13 and approximately 115 people attended.
New Office Building. An architect has been selected to design an office building that will house faculty and staff of Kansas State University’s Southeast Agricultural Research Center and Southeast Area Extension Office. This building will be located northwest of Parsons near the intersection of Ness Road and U.S. Highway 400 on land owned by K-State. It will consolidate two separate office facilities currently leased by K-State at Parsons and Chanute and will have a meeting room that can accommodate groups of up to 150 people. This merger will result in long-term cost savings, increase the visibility of Kansas State University in southeastern Kansas, and allow K-State Research and Extension to better serve the citizens of the area. Projected completion date is February 2015.