(By Jared Hoyle; KSU Turfgrass Research and Extension)
We have a lot going on out at Rocky Ford Turfgrass Research Center in Manhattan, KS. One project is about 3 acres of new research plots with irrigation. With the support and donations from CiteOne, Hunter, MidWest Laser Leveling, Ewing, Netfim and others (I apologize if I have left anyone out, it has been a long week) we will have new areas for future research, teaching and extension programs. From the entire Horticulture and Natural Resources department we thank you for making this project possible!
One of the best parts of this project is being able to incorporate the Horticulture Irrigation Class. They have been hard at work with the installation of the research plots. From laying out the plots to digging trenches they get hands on experience with irrigation installation.
This is a great project because it is not only research plots but it is a teaching and learning experience for undergraduate students.
Enjoy the pictures and as you can see we had some issues with mother nature! There will be more to come but just wanted to let everyone know how the Department of Horticulture and Natural Resources is combining the three missions of a land-grant university of Teaching, Research and Extension for Kansas.