Flickner Innovation Farm
Ongoing 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.
Farming: Maybe it IS rocket science?
The Flickner Innovation Farm has received its fair share of visitors: international research groups, industry representatives, policy makers ... you name it. We have to admit, though, that a group of scientists from NASA wasn't really on our radar.
We were glad to host them, though, and we had an important discussion about how NASA's agriculture program can aid farmers using their extensive satellite imagery program or how future missions can be planned to assist farmers who need info about climate conditions, groundwater locations, or other issues affecting crop and livestock production here on Planet Earth.
The 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.