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Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources and the Environment (KCARE)

Leading the way through key research 

Just published! 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.

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.

Flickner Innovation Farm

Close-up of corn tasssels in fieldThe Flickner Innovation Farm is a site where agronomists, watershed specialists and industry leaders can conduct studies on a large-farm setting to identify the most efficient technologies and techniques for Kansas producers to use on their own farms. This long-term project will be studying the effects of various precision agriculture techniques and comparing different types of imagery to identify crop conditions. Several K-State scientists are using the Innovation Farm for their own research: one research team hopes to develop interpretations for the newest types of soil and tissue tests, and will use these to determine the effects of long-term cropping systems on fertilizer requirements for Kansas crops. Another group is investigating strategies to identify soil moisture pattern to optimize the use of soil moisture probes.


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


KWRI Funding Opportunity

USGS announced that they would not be funding projects until at least September 2022, so the Kansas Water Resources Institute (KWRI) is postponing the call for pre-preposals for federally funded research grants.

We will be sure to send out new information about this funding opportunity and updated timeline information later in 2022.

More information about this funding opportunity can be found on the KWRI page.

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!