K-State to Celebrate 25 Years of Subsurface Drip Irrigation Research with Field Day

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Through drought and wind, hail and rain, for 25 years Kansas State University researchers have studied subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) 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, August 6 at 105 Experiment Farm Road in Colby.

“This is where growers can come to have their questions answered,” said Freddie Lamm, research irrigation engineer with K-State Research and Extension. “We’ve built in plenty of opportunities for this to be an interactive day.”

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. To register or for more information, contact Vicki Brown at vbrown@ksu.edu or 785-462-6281 (phone) or 785-462-2315 (fax). For registrations, remember to indicate the number of people being registered.

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
  • Research Facilities and SDI Wetting Pattern.
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