Among the many goals included in the plan is the goal of addressing grand challenges in dryland agriculture, which are of particular interest in western Kansas.
“That particular goal in our strategic plan is really about providing growers in western Kansas with cropping alternatives for dryland or limited irrigation scenarios that will help us prolong the lifespan of the aquifer,” said John Floros, dean of the College of Agriculture and director of K-State Research and Extension.
A breakdown of agricultural market value for each of those top eight ag-producing counties is as follows:
• Scott: $72 million for crops; $691 million for livestock; $763 million total
• Haskell: $116 million for crops; $602 million for livestock; $718 million total
• Finney: $141 million for crops; $553 million for livestock; $694 million total
• Gray: $109 million for crops; $582 million for livestock; $691 million total
• Grant: $64 million for crops; $513 for livestock; $577 million total
• Ford: $87 million for crops; $387 million for livestock; $474 million total
• Wichita: no specific crop and livestock totals available; $449 million total
• Seward: $82 million for crops; $280 million for livestock; $362 million total
The 2007 agricultural census information (http://www.agcensus.usda.gov/Publications/2007/Full_Report/) is the most recent data available. The U.S. Census of Agriculture is taken every five years, and the 2012 data should be available in early 2014.
For more information about the Ogallala Aquifer depletion study led by Steward, a video is available on the K-State Research and Extension YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sO6JRgQ6x4).