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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.

A new chapter for KCARE

Susan Metzger portraitWe at KCARE are thrilled to formally announce that Dr. Susan Metzger has been named as our new director after the retirement of Dr. Dan Devlin in June. Susan has been an active member of the KCARE team as Associate Director since 2020; her transition to the position of director means that KCARE will be able to seamlessly continue with our work to provide support for natural resources research across the state. Want to know more? Read the official statement from Dean Minton's office about Susan's leadership roles within the College of Agriculture and K-State Research and Extension.

Susan stopped by the Agriculture Today studios to chat with host Samantha Bennett about the important work KCARE does around the state for water quality and water conservation. Have a listen! (Susan's interview begins at minute 12:00, if you'd like to jump ahead.)

Partner with us

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
Susan Metzger, Ph.D., Director
144 Waters Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-4008

kstatekcare@ksu.edu

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