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Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources and the Environment (KCARE)

Leading the way through key research 

Two peer-reviewed articles using data collected from the Flickner Innovation Farm are now available. The first study evaluates how soil moisture based management zones can help determine the minimum number and tentative deployment locations for soil moisture sensors. The second study tested a method to estimate rootzone soil moisture conditions, which usually requires the use of costly and labor-intensive sensor arrays. Want to know more? Head over to the farm's research page for full transcripts of each paper.

Around Kansas

A large white plastic barrel with a raindrop label on the front, sits elevated on two cinderblocks. This barrel has a nozzle and hose extending from the bottom. The rain barrel is displayed in front of a private home, with a brick wall in the background and an evergreen tree to the side.It's almost that time of year again: springtime storms can mean deluges of rain: it runs off rooftops, gushes down gutters and sprays into drainage systems. Why not take advantage of that bounty with a rain barrel? The Big Creek Middle Smoky Hill River Watersheds are partnering with the Cottonwood Extension District to provide affordable, pre-built rain barrels. Learn more about this program and how you can make one for yourself!

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Kansas State University established KCARE in order to coordinate and enhance the research, extension, and teaching activities that focus on environmental issues relating to agriculture. KCARE supports research spanning multiple departments and disciplines: soil science, smoke management, cropping systems, water quality and irrigation, fertilizer research, and climate studies.

purple KCARE logoIt is our privilege and pleasure to work with research and extension faculty, students, and members of our community to explore new ways to create quality solutions for the environmental issues our state faces now and into the future. Through our partnerships, we are helping Kansas agriculture remain successful and sustainable.

Copies of the KCARE logo are available for interested stakeholders. Possible uses include as a link to the KCARE website on personal or departmental webpages, or on brochures or handouts including KCARE-supported research. Contact KCARE for more information.

Kansas Water Resources Institute (KWRI)

The Kansas Water Resources Institute (KWRI) develops and supports research on high priority water resource problems and objectives, as identified through the state water planning process.  It is also designed to facilitate effective communication between water resources professionals and to foster the dissemination and application of research results.

KWRI is funded by a combination of federal funds through the U.S. Geological Survey and non-federal funds from state and other sources.  It is part of the National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR).  NIWR provides a national platform for research, training and collaboration. 

KWRI's Mission: The Kansas Water Resources Institute develops and supports research on high priority water resource problems and objectives, as identified through the state water plan.  KWRI facilitates effective communication between water resources professionals and helps disseminate and apply research results.

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Contact Us

Kansas Center for Agricultural
Resources and the Environment
Daniel L. Devlin, Ph.D., Director
44 Waters Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-4008
(785) 532-0393 Office
(785) 532-9351 Cell

kstatekcare@ksu.edu

Save the Date!

Join us for a soil health workshop at the Agricultural Research Center in Hays, Kansas. Participants will learn about soil health principles, understand how to conduct field demonstrations showing the effects of soil health practices, complete field assessments of soil health indicators, and learn about soil management and carbon credits. This event is scheduled for May 18-19 (tentative). For more information, email us!