K-State Field Day August 6 to celebrate 25 years of subsurface drip irrigation research

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For 25 years Kansas State University researchers have studied subsurface drip irrigation technology for field crop production. To mark the anniversary, K-State’s Northwest Research-Extension Center at Colby will host a special anniversary SDI Technology Field Day on Wednesday, Aug. 6 at 105 Experiment Farm Road in Colby.

The field day, from 2 – 8 p.m., features presentations by K-State Research and Extension specialists in engineering and agricultural economics, plus field tour stops, refreshments, poster presentations on SDI-related topics, a trade show and an evening meal. Producers who are using SDI technology will give their perspective in a panel discussion.

The event is free and open to the public but pre-registration by July 28 is required for meal planning purposes. Contact Vicki Brown at vbrown@ksu.edu or 785-462-6281 (phone) or 785-462-2315 (fax) and indicate the number of people being registered. 

Tour topics include:                                                                                      

  • Comparison of SDI with Alternative Irrigation Methods;
  • Strategies to Improve Crop Germination When Using SDI;
  • Water and Nutrient Management with SDI;
  • SDI and Alfalfa; and
  • Research Facilities and SDI Wetting Pattern.

More information is available by contacting Brown at vbrown@ksu.edu or 785-462-6281.

Figure 1. Map to Northwest Research-Extension Center in Colby