K-State Plans Centennial Field Day at SW Research-Extension Center

Center was around when horsepower meant 'horse power.'

Over the years, the Kansas State University Southwest Research and Extension Center has hosted hundreds of events, but the university is planning a special field day Aug. 30 as part of the center´s 100 years of service to western Kansas.

The event, Fall Field Day Centennial Celebration - One Hundred Years of Progress 1907-2007, will include some presentations and tours that would be typical for a fall field day, and some that will highlight the research center´s work with and for western Kansas producers during the past 100 years. The center is located at 4500 E. Mary Street in Garden City.

"We were here when horsepower meant `horse power,´" said Randy Currie, who is an associate professor of weed science and field chairman for the center. "In fact, the (center´s) first annual report stated, `we need more men and horses.´

"We measured the dust bowl storms in the 1930s," says Currie, who adds that the center helped introduce no-till farming to the area. That (no-till) was instrumental in preventing another dust bowl in 2002, when southwest Kansas had a summer similar to 1930 and 1956."

The day begins at 7 a.m. with a complimentary breakfast and historical slide show, followed by historical presentations at 8 a.m., which will include:

  • Connecting 84 Years of Western Kansas Life Experience to the Land;
  • One Hundred Years of Water Policy;
  • One Hundred Years of Agricultural Research in SW Kansas;
  • One Hundred Years of Insect Control;

Attendees will be welcomed and tours will begin at 9:30 a.m. The two different field tours will be repeated at 11 a.m. to allow attendees to go on both tours. Field tour topics will include:

  • ExpressSun - New Weed Control Technology in Sunflower;
  • Comparison of New Herbicides to 40 Standard Treatments for Weed Control in Irrigated Corn;
  • The Nuggets from Irrigation Research, 2001-2007: What Have We Learned?
  • Crop Yield Improvements Over the Last 50 Years as Measured by Southwest Kansas Crop Performance Results;
  • Limited Irrigation Crop Rotations; and
  • Water Misers or Water Pigs.

Companies that will have displays available during the field day will provide a complimentary lunch.

Numerous K-State researchers, specialists, agents, and administrators are expected to attend, including Fred Cholick, who is K-State´s dean of the College of Agriculture and director of K-State Research and Extension.

Presentations after lunch will include:

  • The Impact of Ethanol Fuel on Western Kansas;
  • Dryland Cropping Systems; and
  • Impact of Downy Brome on Insects Found in Corn on the Western High Plains.

Commercial pesticide applicators can earn 1.5 recertification credits for attending tours, Currie says.

More information about the field day or the centennial is available by calling the center at 620-276-8286 or on the Web at www.oznet.ksu.edu/swao/.  

A flyer of the field day activities in pdf format is available at: www.oznet.ksu.edu/swao/FieldDay07.pdf

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