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

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.