The K-State Agricultural Research Center –Hays is a nationally and internationally recognized agricultural research organization dedicated to excellence and committed to problem solving, developing new technology and information that serves specific needs of the people of Kansas, and advancing the science of agriculture and related disciplines.

The research program is focused on agricultural production challenges specific to the region. Those include beef cattle production, cultural and management methods for most of the major crops grown in Kansas, mitigation of the effects of weed, insect, and disease pests associated with those crops, and genetic improvement of specific crops. The research agenda is coordinated with other KAES units to assure allocation of resources to priority issues, standardization of methods, and elimination of unwarranted redundancy.

Hays is located at the approximate center of four of the nine Kansas crop reporting districts (NC, NW, WC, C). The Center’s program is focused geographically on the rain-fed agriculture typical of this region, climatically on the 18- to 26-inch precipitation belt, and ecologically on the short- and mid-grass prairies. Nevertheless, research results are frequently applicable state-wide, nationally, and internationally. Target clientele include crop and beef cattle producers and county agricultural extension agents.

There are 9 research faculty located at Hays. Faculty expertise is complemented by 24 full-time support staff including clerical, maintenance, and crop and livestock technician classifications. Student workers are hired for the summer field season.

The research facility at Hays includes the Center’s headquarters consisting of 33 buildings and land that is used for research and production of foundation seed wheat or grain, hay, and silage for experimental cattle. A research feedlot with a permitted, one-time capacity of 900 head and a modern feedmill are located on site for use in cattle feeding research. A greenhouse complex makes possible the continuation of crop improvement and testing during winter months

The Fort Hays Branch of the Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station was authorized by state statute in 1901. It was made possible by a land grant from the U.S. Government consisting of approximately half of the old Fort Hays military reservation. On 1 July 1994, the name was officially changed to the KSU Agricultural Research Center—Hays. Concurrently, administrative operations were merged with those of the Southwest Research-Extension Center at Garden City and the Northwest Research-Extension Center at Colby. Tri-center administrative and business operations are centralized at Hays.

Our Mission Statement: Serve the people of western Kansas by developing new knowledge and technology to stabilize and sustain long-term, profitable production of food and fiber in a manner consistent with conservation of natural resources, protection of the environment, and assurance of food safety. Emphasis is on production efficiency through optimization of inputs in order to increase profit margins for producers in the long term.

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