K-State Research and Extension
More about the Department of Agronomy

The Department of Agronomy maintains a strong extension program to support agents and their clientele.Primary ongoing support methods include

  • Distributing the weekly Agronomy e-Update newsletter,
  • Disseminating timely and relevant information for producers, agents, and consultants via a new Twitter initiative (@KStateAgronomy),
  • Providing speakers for local and regional meetings, and
  • Conducting webinars on timely topics. 

Several recent personnel changes will affect K-State Research and Extension.

  • Lucas Haag is the new Northwest Area crops and soils specialist. Lucas has an extensive background in practical agronomic research, having been a research assistant at the Southwest Research-Extension Center–Tribune. Lucas’s tenure home will be in agronomy.
  • Ignacio Ciampitti is our new cropping systems and crop production specialist covering row crops. He replaced Kraig Roozeboom, who transferred to a teaching/research position in the department.
  • Xiaomao Lin joins the department in a new position in agricultural climatology and as the State Climatologist. The department has greatly increased its investment in weather data collection.
  • Geoffrey Morris will join the department in November as the sorghum geneticist, replacing Jianming Yu.
  • Doohong Min is the new Southwest Area crops and soils specialist in Garden City. Doohong’s tenure home will be in agronomy.
  • Gretchen Sassenrath is the new crop production agronomists at the Southeast Kansas Agricultural Research Center in Parsons. Gretchen’s tenure home will be in agronomy.
  • Gary Cramer has been hired as the agronomist-in-charge at the South Central Kansas Experiment Field in Hutchinson. Previously, Gary served as the Sedgwick County agriculture and natural resources agent. He will be a principal source of information for canola and cotton.
  • Eduardo Santos joined the department with expertise in agricultural micrometeorology and will study trace gas emissions from soils and animal feeding operations.
  • Augustine Obour is the new soil scientists at the Agricultural Research Center–Hays.  Augustine’s tenure home will be in agronomy.



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