News and Information
Weed science organization names K-State researcher outstanding young scientist
Dec. 11, 2020
HAYS, Kan. – Vipan Kumar, a weed science researcher at the Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center whose work has helped boost dryland cropping systems in the Great Plains region has received an early career award from the North Central Weed Science Society. Read more...
Senator Jerry Moran visits the KSU Ag Research Center
Nov 20, 2020
Senator Jerry Moran visited the KSU Ag Research Center on November 20th. John Jaeger spoke about research involving anaplasmosis in beef cattle, Guorong Zhang to discuss our most recent red/white wheat varieties, and Augustine Obour covered soil health and cover crops.
K-State launches website with COVID-19 experts, news releases
April 10, 2020
Kansas State University is actively involved in the fight against COVID-19, including research projects, outreach efforts and faculty experts. The university has launched a website resource with news releases and expert sources organized by topic.
In-person K-State Research and Extension activities suspended through July 4
April 10, 2020
K-State Research and Extension will continue its suspension of all face-to-face extension programs, meetings and events through July 4. This includes several 4-H Youth Development events, including camps and Discovery Days.
An Efficient Stocking Strategy for Grazing Replacement Heifers
March 23, 2020
Producers may be looking to increase production efficiency on a shrinking forage land base. The use of intensive early stocking (IES) is one of the most efficient stocking strategies to produce beef on rangeland acres. The IES strategy has been widely used in eastern Kansas and is capable of increasing beef production by 30–40% compared to continuous season long stocking (SLS).
Using Modified Intensive Early Stocking for Cow/Calf Production
March 23, 2020
A similar modified IES (MIES) system has increased production efficiency of stocker animals on western Kansas rangelands. Perennial grassland acres for cattle production, as well as cattle numbers, are declining. Using management practices that mimic the MIES system to increase beef cattle stocking density for breeding herds may allow producers to maintain or increase cow numbers for beef production on fewer perennial grassland resources. The objective of this project is to compare cow and calf growth and performance in traditional continuous season-long stocking (SLS) and MIES beef production systems. The objective of this research was to examine the effect of exercise four times daily for the first 14 days after arrival on incidence of BRD and animal growth and performance.
Effect of Exercise on Health and Performance by Long-Haul, High-Stress Steers During the Receiving Period
March 23, 2020
Morbidity and mortality associated with the bovine respiratory disease (BRD) complex continue to be a significant challenge to the United States beef industry. Stress associated with maternal separation, environment change, transportation, diet changes, and commingling are common to beef industry marketing channels and have been linked to depressed growth and health of recently weaned calves.
Saline Experimental Range Dormant Season Wildfire: Short-Term Effect on Forage Production and Plant Composition
March 23, 2020
Rangeland wildfires in the southern plains may occur any time of year, but the low humidity, increasing temperatures, and dry and abundant fuel load of late winter and early spring can result in greater wildfire occurrence and severity. Information collected at the Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center–Hays shows that forage production was significantly reduced for two years following a recent wildfire event.
K-State scientist earns early career award for fighting weeds
March, 19, 2020
HAYS, Kan. – Vipan Kumar, an assistant professor of weed science at the Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center in Hays, received one of the top awards for young professionals during a joint meeting of the Weed Science Society of America and Western Society of Weed Science.
Dryland Soil Health Network meeting set for Feb. 18 in Hays
January 30, 2020
HAYS, Kan. – There’s no teacher like experience, and like any profession, farmers learn from their own experiences plus those of fellow growers and researchers. With that in mind, K-State Research and Extension is launching the Dryland Soil Health Network to help facilitate information sharing.
K-State Agricultural Research Center releases three new wheat varieties
Sept. 5, 2019
The KSU Ag Research Center recently released three new wheat varieties. The new release include two hard red winter wheats: Western Star and Dallas. It also includes one hard white wheat: Silverado. To learn more about the new varieties, visit Kansas Wheat.
Kansas Mesonet aids emergency planners, farmers and more
August 29, 2019
Kansas Mesonet, based at Kansas State University is expanding and upgrading its network of weather stations across the state. Learn more about the 62 weather station that make up the Kansas Mesonet, an expanding network of stations that collects weather and climate data.
K-State Farm Bill Meetings
August 8, 2019
The 2018 Farm Bill was passed in December, 2018. Though it has much in common with the previous farm bill, there are some significant differences. These in-depth Farm Bill meetings will cover the new provisions of the programs, economic decisions to consider when making a decision, and present a new decision tool for producers to use. Specifically the discussion will look at commodity programs, particularly the economics of the ARC/PLC decision and the OSU-KSU Farm Program Decision Aid. There will also be discussion of SCO and changes in crop insurance. Speakers are Dr. Mykel Taylor, Dr. Monte Vandeveer, Robin Reid, and Dr. Dan O'Brien, as well as local extension agents and FSA personnel. To view a complete schedule of meeting locations, dates, and times go to www.agmanager.info. To register for one of the upcoming meetings, please fill out the online form.
2019 Fall Field Day
August 7, 2019
The Agricultural Research Center in Hays, Kansas will host the 2019 Fall Field Day program on Wednesday August 21, 2019. Topics include: Pearl Millet Hybrid Performance, Grain Sorghum Hybrid Performance, Occasional Tillage in Wheat-Sorghum-Fallow Rotations, Integrated Weed Management in Soybeans, PRE and POST Herbicide Options for Weed Management in Grain Sorghum, Imidazolinone (IMI)-tolerant Grain Sorghum: A New Technology for Weed Control, Insect Management in Soybeans, and Alternative Crops for Western Kansas: Field Peas and Industrial Hemp. A noon lunch will be provided, with the programming ending around 2 PM. Join us for Fall Field Day.
Weed Management Field Day - Press Release
Jun 11, 2019
HAYS, Kan. – The K-State Research and Extension Agricultural Research Center in Hays will host its annual weed management field day on Tuesday, July 2. The event will include discussions and demonstrations related to weed control in corn, soybeans, grain sorghum and sunflower. It will run from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Vipan Kumar, a weed scientist at the research center, said the field day includes demonstrations of herbicide tools for weed control in corn, and an herbicide drift simulation on soybeans.
2019 Weed Management Field Day
May 29, 2019
The Weed Management Field Day will be held Tuesday, July 2, 2019. The field day will be held at the KSU Agricultural Research Center – Hays. The event will begin at 8:00 a.m. (CST), with a free lunch being provided around noon. The event is free to the public, however online registration is required. Please register using our online form.
Grazing system that has benefitted steers can boost cow-calf operations too
May 6, 2019
Researchers at the Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center in Hays have found that a grazing system shown to be beneficial for the performance of steers also has great potential for cow-calf producers.
Clark County farmers continue recovery from historic fire
March 28, 2019
Range scientist Keith Harmoney from the Agricultural Research Center meet with farmers impacted by the Starbuck Fire that consumed approximately 660,000 acres last year.
2019 Round Up
April 10, 2019
The 105th annual Roundup will be held Thursday, April 18, 2019. The Roundup will be held in the Auditorium at the KSU Agricultural Research Center – Hays. Registration will open at 9:00 a.m. (CST), with the program beginning at 10:00 a.m (CST).
K-State Researcher Confirm Palmer Amaranth Resistance to 2,4-D
Friday, March 8, 2019
Vipan Kumar, a weed scientist at the Agricultural Research Center in Hays, is reporting the first-ever study confirming that Palmer amaranth has developed resistance to the herbicide 2,4-D. Kumar’s findings have been published in the journal, Pest Management Science. The article, titled “Confirmation of 2,4‐D resistance and identification of multiple resistance in a Kansas Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri) population. Read the full press release.
A Review Article on Herbicide-Resistant Kochia featured by Weed Science Society of America
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
"A review article on herbicide-resistant kochia in North America” compiled by weed researchers from Kansas State and Montana State University has been selected as a featured article in Weed Science journal published by the Weed Science Society of America. This article has compiled information from several published studies and articles relevant to herbicide-resistant kochia, its impact and control strategies. Want to know more on this article, please read it on the Weed Science of America website.
Multiple Herbicide Resistant Palmer Amaranth in Kansas
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Ongoing herbicide resistant Palmer Amaranth research, under the direction of Vipan Kumar, at the KSU Agricultural Research Center - Hays is featured in the recent article on the Progressive Farmer website.
Auxinic-Resistant Kochia found in Kansas
Thursday, October 11, 2018
The weed science research team at Kansas State University, under the direction of Vipan Kumar, identified Kochia biotypes that have developed cross resistance to dicamba and fluroxypyr herbicides in western Kansas. These biotypes have also been found resistant to glyphosate. To learn more about this research, continue reading on the Progressive Farmer website.
Kansas Wheat Alliance set to release new white wheat variety
Wednesday, August 8th, 2018
MANHATTAN, Kan. – The president of the Kansas Wheat Alliance says that millers and bakers are hailing the upcoming release of a hard white wheat variety, saying that the new wheat is of excellent baking quality. Learn more about the new variety.
2018 Fall Field Day
Wednesday, August 01, 2018
The Agricultural Research Center in Hays, Kansas will host the 2018 Fall Field Day program on Wednesday August 22, 2018 in the center’s auditorium. Topics include PRE and POST herbicide tools for weed control in corn, sorghum hybrid development for early season planting, palmer amaranth and kochia control, nitrogen fertilization in tillage rotations, and sorghum hybrid comparisons. A noon lunch will be provided. Join us for Fall Field Day.
Research fields and experiment stations play the long game
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Back in 1971, Idi Amin seized control of the African nation of Uganda. The 26th amendment to the U.S. Constitution lowered the voting age to 18. Norman Lear’s “All in the Family” debuted on CBS. And in a crop field near Topeka, Kansas State University researchers established a soybean fertility study that is still going strong today. Long–term experiments and studies are common in the field of agricultural research (no pun intended). Even a human that lives to 100 years of age is barely noticeable to a crop field that has been growing and nurturing food for one species or another, for perhaps thousands of years. University researchers established a soybean fertility study that is still going strong today. Learn more about K-State efforts...
Benefits of Cover Crop
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
K-State agronomist, Augustine Obour, has been working on using cover crops to replace fallow in crop rotations and coming up with great results.
Cover Crop Field Day
Thursday, April 19th, 2018
Kansas State University researchers have been evaluating cover crop management options in water-limited environments and will discuss their findings at a Cover Crop Field Day on Friday, May 25 at the K-State HB Ranch located in Southeast Trego County. The field day and tour starts at (;30 AM (CST). To learn more about the presentations, please view our press release.
2018 Kansas Wheat Day Field Day
Tuesday, April 17th, 2018
The Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center (Hays) will be hosting a Kansas Wheat Field Day on May 22nd, 2018. The field day will begin with registration, coffee, and donuts at 8:30 AM. See the complete schedule for our wheat variety tour and field day presentation topics.
104th Annual Roundup
Thursday, April 19th, 2018
The 104th annual Roundup will be held Thursday, April 19, 2018. The Roundup will be held in the Auditorium at the KSU Agricultural Research Center – Hays. The Trade Show and late registration will open at 9:00 a.m., with the program beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Dr. Phil Stahlman recently received two prestigious awards of merit
Tuesday, February 06, 2018
Retired Professor and Research Weed Scientist at the Agricultural Research Center-Hays, Dr. Phil Stahlman recently received two prestigious awards of merit. Learn more about both awards.
2017 Fall Field Day
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
The Agricultural Research Center in Hays, Kansas will host the 2017 Fall Field Day program on Wednesday August 23, 2017 in the center’s auditorium. The theme of the field day will be "Row Crop Roundup". Topics include management of Sugarcane Aphids, early-planted sorghum, palmer amaranth control options in summer crops, economics of planting corn vs sorghum vs soybeans, and selecting a wheat variety for this fall. A noon lunch will be provided. Join us for Fall Field Day.
Cover Crop Field Day
Monday, April 24th, 2017
Kansas State University researchers have been evaluating cover crop management options in water-limited environments and will discuss their findings at a Cover Crop Field Day on Friday, May 13 at the K-State HB Ranch near Hays.
103rd Annual Roundup
Monday, April 3rd, 2017
The 103rd annual Roundup will be held Thursday, April 20, 2017. The Roundup will be held in the Auditorium at the KSU Agricultural Research Center – Hays. Registration is at 9:00 a.m. The Trade Show and educational exhibits will open at 9:00 a.m., with the program beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Announcement of Phil Stahlman, Weed Scientist, Retirement
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
The Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center has announced Phil Stahlman, Weed Scientist, retirement after 42 years of Service.
Kansas Wheat Day Field Day
Friday, April 15th, 2016
The Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center (Hays) will be hosting a Kansas Wheat Field Day on May 26th, 2016. The field day will begin with registration, coffee, and donuts at 8:30 AM. Learn more about the wheat variety tour and field day presentation topics.
Title: Biological Control of Insect Pests
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Kansas grew more than 199 million bushels of sorghum for grain in 2014, enough to make it the highest-producing sorghum state in the nation. The invasive sugarcane aphid, Melanaphis sacchari, swept across much of the southern Great Plains in 2013 and caused serious yield losses in grain sorghum. Researchers at the Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center–Hays are working to decode nature and build and protect global food systems by identifying the natural enemies of sugarcane aphid and their roles in suppressing populations of this pest.
Managing Honey Locust Trees
Monday, Jan 4th, 2016
Honey locust is a deciduous tree that produces large brown seed pods and thorny appendages, and is present throughout most of the US. Dense stands of honey locust limit grass production, and if damaged or cut, honey locust is capable of producing large quantities of new sprouts from buds around the base of the trunk and along the lengths of the root system. Because of the propensity to produce sprouts, mechanical control measures also require herbicides to effectively result in tree death. Several herbicides have been labeled for honey locust control through various application techniques, including basal bark, thin line basal bark, cut stump, frill or girdle, and foliar applications.