A tract of land on which Kansas State University has conducted research since 1942 will continue to be used for that purpose, thanks to a group of generous people in north central Kansas.
Property just west of Belleville, that included acreage on which the university had an experiment field, changed owners recently, says Gary Pierzynski, head of K-State's Department of Agronomy. The new owners offered to sell the portion K-State had been using back to the university, but there were no funds available to buy the land.
"We had been at the location since 1942 and didn't want to just leave everything behind," Pierzynski says. "There are some long-term studies at the site plus we have a substantial data base for that location."
The KSU Foundation worked with farmers, ranchers and business owners in the area to raise money through private donations. As a result, the university was able to buy the acreage through a combination of donations, department funds and a loan from the KSU Foundation.
The current research emphasis at the field, Pierzynski says, is on fertilizer management for reduced-tillage crop production and cropping systems for wheat, soybeans, grain sorghum, and corn.
A dedication was held Aug. 30 to recognize donors for their role in securing the land for the university.
Donors who helped make the land purchase possible included: UAP Distribution, Inc.; J.R. Simplot Company; Polansky Seed; Shirley and Phyllis Strnad; Swedish-American State Bank; Mears Fertilizer; Boettcher Enterprises; Kent and Kim Larson; Astra Bank – Scandia and Belleville; BASF Corporation; Farmway Coop, Inc.; Bruna Brothers Implement; Thayne and Jeanne Larson; Concordia Tractor, Inc.; and United Suppliers, Inc.