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We're in the news!

Read all about the farm in local news pieces, including this one about our automated drone system from American Robotics!

Need an overview?

Download the Flickner Innovation Farm brochure, which provides general information about the history of the Flickner Farm, our research goals, current projects and partnerships.


Kansas State University
44 Waters Hall
Manhattan KS 66506

(785) 532-0393

Flickner Innovation Farm

 About Us

Four members of the Flickner family pose on their farmOngoing projects at the Flickner Innovation Farm will help fine-tune existing irrigation, soil-health and other agricultural technologies while exploring ways that new innovations can improve soil health and conserve water on Kansas farmland. We hope to harvest the advantages of new technology and current research with our comprehensive team of experienced growers, agronomists, watershed specialists, university researchers and industry specialists.

Together, we hope to extend the reach of standard agricultural practices while improving yields and preserving natural resources.

American Robotics automated drone in its storage boxThe work of the Flickner Innovation Farm is just beginning, and will extend for the next three to five years. Experts will investigate the efficacy of different methods and technologies, including:

  • Irrigation technologies, including precision mobile drip and sub-surface drip irrigation
  • Precision agriculture using soil moisture and cosmic-ray neutron probes, irrigation scheduling and plant sensors
  • Various types of imagery, including satellite, fixed-wing aircraft and automated drone system
  • Scientists from Kansas State University will support specific research on soil health, fertilizer response and nutrient losses

With these advanced technologies and expertise, this project hopes to reduce irrigated water use on the farm by 15 percent. 

Field Days and Workshops

We are part of a vibrant agricultural community in Kansas, and one of our main motivations is to share our knowledge with our neighbors. The Flickner Innovation Farm will hold regular field days and workshops so that our partners can meet with other interested producers and stakeholders, in order to help promote positive environmental stewardship. We want to provide meaningful information through our work and research. Workshop presentations, field day information and other research materials can be found here.

Farm History

Drip hoses irrigate a corn fieldThe Flickner Farm, located in Moundridge, Kansas, has a long history reaching back to the 1870s. Ray Flickner is the 5th generation to farm this land, which now consists of more than 850 acres with 10 individual water rights. The Flickner Farm uses sub-surface drip irrigation (SSDI) and precision mobile drip irrigation (PMDI) to grow corn, wheat and soybeans; many of the fields are no-till or limited strip till, and soil conservation techniques continue to be implemented. The family's commitment to improved soil health and sustainable water use makes the Flickner Farm a perfect location for testing new technologies and innovative solutions for these issues.

Did you miss out?

If you missed our workshop in January, well, we missed you too. We are busy planning future events, and hope you'll be able to join us next time. While you're waiting, you can take a minute to learn more about what our partners and researchers are doing on the farm by accessing presentations from previous Flickner Innovation Farm events. As always, if you want to learn more, or have specific questions, you can contact us at any time!