By MARY LOU PETER
K-State Research and Extension
COLBY — We’ve come a long way since it took 40 to 50 hours of labor to produce 100 bushels of wheat. To celebrate its role in 100 years of agricultural research and outreach, Kansas State University’s Northwest Research-Extension Center in Colby will host a special field day and meal Thursday, Sept. 4.
The public is invited to both events. Presentations at the field day will include a historical perspective, but also focus on current topics and those on the horizon. Registration for the field day, to be held at the center, 105 Experiment Farm Road, begins at 2:00 p.m., with field tours running from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Field day topics and K-State presenters include:
• Water Use and Productivity of Dryland Corn and Grain Sorghum – Rob Aiken, research crops scientist;
• Water Use of Corn – A Historical and Current Perspective – Freddie Lamm – research agricultural engineer;
• Crop Weed Management Then and Now – Phil Stahlman, research weed scientist;
• Ogallala Aquifer Declines at the K-State Northwest Research-Extension Center and Monitoring Declines Going Forward – Dan Rogers, extension irrigation engineer and state leader;
• Grain Market and Crop Profitability Prospects for 2014-2015 – Dan O’Brien, extension agricultural economist.
A free meal begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by a program from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Cooper Barn at the Prairie Museum of Art and History, 1905 S. Franklin in Colby. Preregistration for the evening program is required by calling (785) 462-6281 or online at www.northwest.ksu.edu to ensure enough food is available.
Presentations and speakers include:
• The First Century: The Legacy of the Northwest Research-Extension Center – Bob Gillen, head of K-State’s Western Kansas Agricultural Research Centers;
• A Century of Climate Variability in Northwest Kansas – John Harrington, K-State Department of Geography; and
• Grand Challenges for the Next Century – John Floros, dean of K-State’s College of Agriculture and director of K-State Research and Extension.
More information is available by calling (785) 462-6281, www.northwest.ksu.edu or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oh, and that 40 to 50 labor hours to produce 100 bushels of wheat 100 or so years ago? By 1997, it was down to three labor hours in combination with a tractor and other equipment not yet invented 100 years ago, according to Ag in the Classroom’s “Growing a Nation: The Story of American Agriculture.”