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K-State is Evaluating Efficient Irrigation Technology

Technology to help crop producers make every drop of water count in farm fields continues to evolve. Kansas State University, in collaboration with numerous farmers in western and south-central Kansas, have developed a network of Water Technology Farms to test and demonstrate the latest in crop irrigation technology.

Under real-world conditions, the latest in efficient irrigation technology is being evaluated on 10 Kansas farms. K-State water resource engineer Jonathan Aguilar is spearheading the program.

Not only are the irrigation systems being tested under real-world conditions on commercial crop fields, Aguilar says they’re being tested on relatively large plots.

Irrigation applicators are one of the technologies being tested. Aguilar says they’re trying to determine which applicators perform best in actual field trials.

A series of water technology field days are being held throughout August to allow producers to see for themselves how these new irrigation concepts are performing. The list of upcoming field days can be found online at: www.southwest.ksu.edu.

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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