Dan O’Brien to be a part of the Centennial celebration at Northwest Research-Extension Center in Colby

Field day and special evening event will mark scientific advances and outreach efforts.

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 on 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 vbrown@ksu.edu.

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 https://www.agclassroom.org/gan/timeline/farm_tech.htm .


K‑State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well‑being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K‑State campus in Manhattan.

Story by:
Mary Lou Peter
K-State Research and Extension

For more information:

Kansas State University’s Northwest Research-Extension Center – 785-462-6281 #110


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