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Department of Agronomy

Agronomy Experiment Fields

These fields offer valuable research opportunities for all Agronomy faculty, with a wide variety of soil types and environments. Overseeing each field is a Ph.D.-level Agronomist-In-Charge, and a committee that helps determine the programs to be conducted at each location. Each field has its own research equipment on site, and a trained staff to conduct research activities.

The Experiment Fields complement the land available for Agronomy research near the K-State campus in Manhattan. Together, these research sites provide opportunities for both practical and basic research. Research from the fields is published annually in the Agronomy Field Research Report.

The Department of Agronomy currently operates four Experiment Fields:

East Central Experiment Field | Ottawa, KS

Agronomist-in-charge | Eric Adee
2149 Montana Road
Ottawa, KS 66067
Fanklin County
Directions to field (mapquest)

Kansas River Valley Experiment Field | Topeka, KS

Agronomist-in-charge | Eric Adee
6347 NW 17th Street
Topeka, KS 66618
Shawnee County
Directions to field (mapquest)

North Central Kansas and Irrigation Field | Belleville, KS | Scandia, KS

Agronomist-in-charge | Position Currently Vacant
1300 60th Road
Courtland, KS 66939
Republic County
Directions to field (mapquest)

South Central Kansas | Hutchinson, KS

Agronomist-in-charge | Gary Cramer
10620 South Dean Road
Hutchinson, KS 67505
Reno County
Phone: 620-662-9021
Directions to the field (mapquest)

Harvey County Experiment Field | CLOSED

*Harvey County Experiment Station, located at Heston, KS was closed on December 31, 2009 as a result of State budget cuts.

Faculty: Mark M. Claassen, Professor-Emeritus

Research Emphasis:

Research at the Harvey County Experiment Field dealt with many aspects of dryland crop production on soils of the Central Loess Plains and Central Outwash plains of central and south central Kansas and was designed to directly benefit the agricultural industry of the area. Focus was primarily on wheat, grain sorghum, and soybeans, but also included alternative crops such as corn and oats. Investigations included variety and hybrid performance tests, chemical weed control, tillage methods, fertilizer use, and planting practices, as well as disease and insect resistance and control.

Soil Description:

The Harvey County Experiment Field consisted of two tracts. The headquarters tract, 75 acres immediately west of Hesston on Hickory St., was all Ladysmith silty clay loam with 0-1 percent slope. The second tract, located 4 miles south and 2 miles west of Hesston, was comprised of 142 acres of Ladysmith, Smolan, Detroit, and Irwin silty clay loams, as well as Geary and Smolan silt loams. All had 0-3 percent slope. Soils on the two tracts were representative of much of Harvey, Marion, McPherson, Dickinson, and Rice counties, as well as adjacent areas. These were deep, moderately well to well-drained, upland soils, with high fertility and good water-holding capacity. Water runoff was slow to moderate. Permeability of the Ladysmith, Smolan, Detroit, and Irwin series was slow to very slow, whereas permeability of the Geary series was moderate.

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