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Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources and the Environment (KCARE)

Improving soil health and water quality on Kansas farms

Close-up of corn tasssels in fieldKCARE is proud to be a partner with the Flickner Innovation Farm. Located in Moundridge, Kansas, the 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.

The Flickner Innovation Farm hosted their first field day on August 23. More information about the field day can be found in the press release, or on farm's web page. For more information about the farm or any upcoming events there, contact us.


Stay current with KCARE

Kansas has a rich history, and agriculture is at its heart. The technology and techniques of our current times have replaced the traditions from the early 1900s, but we still hold fast to the idea of partnerships: between neighbors, between researchers, between institutions. 

Partnerships are the strong foundation on which we build our successes. Read more about how urban–rural partnerships are increasingly viewed as a critical component of efforts to improve water quality at the watershed scale. You can also learn about other projects in issues of our KCARE newsletter, KCARE Research Today, or link to our Publications page.

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.


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


Funding opportunities

The Irrigation Innovation Consortium is a a collaborative, public-private organization focused on accelerating the development and adoption of water and energy-efficient irrigation technologies and practices. They have recently called for FY20 proposals for various irrigation research.