Water + Energy Progress Awards identify and spotlight innovations in energy efficiency and water conservation on Kansas farms and ranches.  We will continue to add resources with each new case study, so check back often!

Kansas Water Resources

Date Added: Jul 22, 2013

Several organizations focus on water resources in Kansas. This list provides a brief description of each organization and a link to individual websites. Updated regularly.


>> Category: Water Resources 
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Book List from Fuller Field School

Date Added: Aug 01, 2013

During the 2013 Field Day at Gail Fuller's Farm, presenters chose their favorite books to hand out as door prizes. This is a great reading list!


>> Category: Natural Resource and Conservation 
>> Case Study: Gail Fuller 

Soil Organic Matter

Date Added: Sep 03, 2013

“Aim to improve soil organic matter and soil function, rather than to implement a particular set of practices.”


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>> Case Study: Gail Fuller 

Soil Quality and No-Till

Date Added: Sep 03, 2013

No-till improves soil quality in both the short - (five years) and long-term (20 or more years). No-till with crop rotation allows soil forming processes to proceed. Benefits compound each year that the soil remains undisturbed. Crop rotation and diversity accelerate the rate of change. This chapter covers the improvements of soil quality. Soil qualities enhanced by no-till affect organic matter, water infiltration, structure, temperature, bulk density,


>> Category: Soil HealthNo-Till 
>> Case Study: Dale Strickler Darrin Unruh Gail Fuller 

USDA NRCS, Soil Health Key Points

Date Added: Sep 03, 2013

The NRCS campaign, “Unlock the Secrets of Soil,” focuses on the benefits and methods of improving soil health. Soil Health Key Points provides basic facts on soil health and provides a path to improving soil health and sustainability. A Soil Health Management plan is a great way to focus efforts. It saves energy by using less fuel and maximizing nutrient cycling. It saves water and increases drought tolerance through increased infiltration and water holding capacity. It improves income s


>> Category: Cover Crops 
>> Case Study: Dale Strickler Gail Fuller Darrin Unruh 

2012-2013 Cover Crop Survey

Date Added: Sep 03, 2013

The 2012-2013 Cover Crop Survey reports on 759 farmers who used cover crops on about 218,000 acres in 2012. The report covers the adoption, benefits, challenges, and yield impacts of cover crops.


>> Category: Cover Crops 
>> Case Study: Gail Fuller 

NRCS Energy Estimator: Tillage

Date Added: Sep 03, 2013

“The Energy Estimator for Tillage tool estimates diesel fuel use and costs in the production of key crops in your area and compares potential energy savings between conventional tillage and alternative tillage systems. The crops covered are limited to the most predominant crops in 74 Crop Management Zones (CMZ's). NRCS agronomists have identified these crops and estimated the fuel use associated with common tillage systems. The Energy Estimator gives you an idea of the magnitude of


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>> Case Study: Gail Fuller 

Conservation Practices that Save: Crop Residue Management: Save ENERGY, Save MONEY

Date Added: Sep 03, 2013

“Conservation tillage systems have at least 30 percent of last year’s crop residue on the soil at planting. Residue adequately controls erosion by both wind and water, among other conservation benefits.
A producer can save at least 3.5 gallons of fuel per acre by going from conventional tillage methods to no-till. At November 2005 diesel prices, this amounts to $7.70 per acre in production cost savings. On a farm with 1,000 acres of cropland, these savings add up to 3,500 gallons of


>> Category: Cover CropsNo-Till 
>> Case Study: Dale Strickler Darrin Unruh Gail Fuller 

Plenty of Positives with No-Till System

Date Added: Sep 03, 2013


No-till is a conservation system that provides environmental benefits without having to take the land out of production. Such benefits include increasing wildlife habitats, storing carbon, increasing soil organic matter, improving soil quality, preventing runoff and erosion, increasing infiltration, conserving soil water, and reducing fuel consumption.
from No-Till Farmer


>> Category: No-Till 
>> Case Study: Dale Strickler Darrin Unruh Gail Fuller 

No-till can save water, pumping crops

Date Added: Sep 03, 2013

Cover crops can save water and energy through reduced pumping costs for irrigators. “Irrigated crops grown in no-till may require three to five inches less water from rain or irrigation than those grown under conventional tillage”


>> Category: No-Till 
>> Case Study: Dale Strickler Darrin Unruh Gail Fuller 

Managing Cover Crops in Conservation Tillage Systems

Date Added: Sep 03, 2013




>> Category: Cover CropsNo-Till 
>> Case Study: Dale Strickler Darrin Unruh Gail Fuller 

Cover Crops for Clean Water

Date Added: Sep 03, 2013

Soil and Water Conservation Survey


>> Category: Cover Crops 
>> Case Study: Gail Fuller 

Save Soil, Nutrients, Money with Cover Crops

Date Added: Sep 03, 2013

References to SARE studies on the benefits of cover crops


>> Category: Soil HealthCover Crops 
>> Case Study: Dale Strickler Darrin Unruh Gail Fuller 

Cocktail Blends provide fall grazing, soil health

Date Added: Sep 03, 2013

Cocktail Blends provide fall grazing, soil health
Beef Magazine



>> Category: Cover Crops 
>> Case Study: Gail Fuller 

USDA Cover Crop Fact sheet

Date Added: Sep 03, 2013

USDA Cover Crop Fact sheet


>> Category: Cover Crops 
>> Case Study: Gail Fuller 

ARS Cover Crop Chart

Date Added: Sep 03, 2013

ARS Cover Crop Chart


>> Category: Cover Crops 
>> Case Study: Gail Fuller 

RMA Cover Crop Fact sheet

Date Added: Sep 03, 2013

RMA Cover Crop Fact sheet


>> Category: Cover Crops 
>> Case Study: Gail Fuller 

Ted Alexander's Nationally Recognized Drought Plan

Date Added: Oct 01, 2013

Ted Alexander's Drought Plan is featured on the National Drought Mitigation Center Website, along with many other drought plans.


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>> Case Study: Ted Alexander 

The Alexander Ranch - Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition Summary

Date Added: Oct 02, 2013

A brief description of the Alexander Ranch created by the Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition.


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>> Case Study: Ted Alexander 

Progress of Cedar Removal on Alexander Ranch

Date Added: Oct 02, 2013

The Kansas Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, created this handout to demonstrate the impacts of Cedar Tree removal on the Alexander Ranch.


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>> Case Study: Ted Alexander 

Eastern Red-cedar: Positives, Negatives and Management

Date Added: Oct 02, 2013

"This publication discusses the positives,
negatives and management of
eastern red-cedar. Eastern red-cedar
history, expansion, ecology, uses and
its effects on forage production, wildlife,
rainfall and wildfires are briefly
addressed. Management techniques
used to control eastern red-cedar and
technical guidance options available
to resource managers are reviewed" produced by the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation


>> Category: Natural Resource and Conservation 
>> Case Study: Ted Alexander 

Full Feature Map of the Sheridan 6 LEMA

Date Added: Nov 05, 2013

The Kansas Geological Survey site hosts two interactive maps of the Sheridan 6 LEMA. This is the full-featured map of the area.


>> Category: Water Resources 
>> Case Study: Sheridan 6 LEMA 

LEMA resources from Kansas Geological Survey

Date Added: Nov 05, 2013

The Sheridan 6 LEMA page on the Kansas Geological Survey site includes maps, data on wells, and additional information.


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>> Case Study: Sheridan 6 LEMA 

Groundwater Management District 4 Sheridan 6 High Priority Area

Date Added: Nov 05, 2013

The Sheridan 6 High Priority Area page on the Groundwater Management District 4 page includes a wealth of resources on the area and the LEMA process.


>> Category: Water Resources 
>> Case Study: Sheridan 6 LEMA 

Kansas Department of Agriculture LEMA page

Date Added: Nov 05, 2013

This page includes information on the LEMA process and the Sheridan County 6 Lema.


>> Category: IrrigationWater Resources 
>> Case Study: Sheridan 6 LEMA 

Kansas Irrigation Trends by Danny Rogers

Date Added: Nov 07, 2013




>> Category: Irrigation 
>> Case Study: Richard Wenstrom Sheridan 6 LEMA Wendell Nicholas & Eldon Schmidt 

Real Ag: Irrigation

Date Added: Nov 13, 2013

Smoky Hills Public Television video about irrigation practices with commentary by K-State irrigation specialists.


>> Category: Irrigation 
>> Case Study: Richard Wenstrom Sheridan 6 LEMA Wendell Nicholas & Eldon Schmidt 

Drip Irrigation Saves Water: Kansas grower installs huge subsurface system

Date Added: Nov 14, 2013

Wendell Nicholas was featured in the February 1999 issue of Corn and Soybean Digest for his installation of Subsurface Drip Irrigation.


>> Category: Irrigation 
>> Case Study: Wendell Nicholas & Eldon Schmidt 

SDI, the Basics of Successful Systems

Date Added: Nov 14, 2013




>> Category: Irrigation 
>> Case Study: Dale Strickler Wendell Nicholas & Eldon Schmidt 

Advantages and Disadvantages of Sub Surface Drip Irrigation

Date Added: Nov 14, 2013




>> Category: Irrigation 
>> Case Study: Dale Strickler Wendell Nicholas & Eldon Schmidt 

Advantages and Disadvantages of Sub Surface Drip Irrigation

Date Added: Nov 15, 2013




>> Category: Irrigation 
>> Case Study: Dale Strickler Wendell Nicholas & Eldon Schmidt 

Estimating Farm Fuel Requirements

Date Added: Nov 15, 2013

Colorado State University Extension Fact Sheet Estimating Farm Fuel Requirements


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The grass really is greener on the other side of the fence.

Date Added: Nov 20, 2013




>> Category: Perennials 
>> Case Study: Dale Strickler 

Water Conservation in Irrigated Agriculture: Trends and Challenges in the Face of Emerging Demands

Date Added: Feb 05, 2014




>> Category: Irrigation 
>> Case Study: Dale Strickler Richard Wenstrom Sheridan 6 LEMA 

2007 Census of Agriculture

Date Added: Feb 05, 2014




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>> Case Study: Richard Wenstrom Sheridan 6 LEMA Wendell Nicholas & Eldon Schmidt 

Evaluating Energy Use for Pumping Irrigation Water

Date Added: Feb 05, 2014




>> Category: Irrigation 
>> Case Study: Richard Wenstrom Sheridan 6 LEMA Wendell Nicholas & Eldon Schmidt 

Years of Living Dangerously: Against the Wind

Date Added: Apr 01, 2014

Pete Ferrell, WEP Award winner, will be featured in the May 2014 segment of "Years of Living Dangerously"


>> Category: Energy 
>> Case Study: Pete Ferrell 

Elk River Farm money plan

Date Added: Apr 01, 2014




>> Category:
>> Case Study: Pete Ferrell 

Elk River Farm Fact Sheet

Date Added: Apr 01, 2014




>> Category:
>> Case Study: Pete Ferrell 

NRCS Rotational Grazing fact sheet

Date Added: Apr 01, 2014




>> Category:
>> Case Study: Pete Ferrell 

SDI, the basics of successful systems

Date Added: Aug 28, 2014




>> Category: Irrigation 
>> Case Study: Dale Strickler Mark Eitel Wendell Nicholas & Eldon Schmidt 

SDI for Corn Production - A Brief Review of 25 Years of KSU Research

Date Added: Aug 28, 2014




>> Category: Irrigation 
>> Case Study: Mark Eitel Wendell Nicholas & Eldon Schmidt 

Iowa's NRCS: No-Till Will Preserve Soil Moisture For Next Year

Date Added: Aug 28, 2014




>> Category: No-Till 
>> Case Study: Dale Strickler Darin and Nancy Williams Darrin Unruh Gail Fuller Lucinda Stuenkel Mark Eitel 

Irrigation Capital Requirements and Energy Cost

Date Added: Aug 28, 2014




>> Category: Irrigation 
>> Case Study: Mark Eitel 

Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Date Added: Aug 28, 2014




>> Category: Funding 
>> Case Study: Mark Eitel 

SARE Farmer Rancher Grant Program

Date Added: Aug 28, 2014




>> Category: Funding 
>> Case Study:

South Kansas Residue Alliance

Date Added: Feb 26, 2015




>> Category: Soil Health 
>> Case Study: Mike Herrmann 

South Central Kansas Residue Alliance, "A Framework for Change" One Producer, One Farm at a Time

Date Added: Feb 26, 2015




>> Category: Soil Health 
>> Case Study: Mike Herrmann 

Activating Soil Fertility in mulh-prepared small-plot commerical no-till

Date Added: Feb 26, 2015




>> Category: Soil HealthNo-Till 
>> Case Study: Mike Herrmann 

Soil Quality and No-till

Date Added: Feb 26, 2015




>> Category: Soil HealthNo-Till 
>> Case Study: Mike Herrmann 

Patch Burn Resources

Date Added: Jul 27, 2015




>> Category: Patch Burn Grazing Management 
>> Case Study: Bill Sproul Jane Koger 

Patch Burning to Enhance Wildlife Habitat

Date Added: Jul 27, 2015




>> Category: Patch Burn Grazing Management 
>> Case Study: Bill Sproul Jane Koger 

Patch-Burn Grazing Effects on Cattle Performance: Research Conducted in a Working Landscape

Date Added: Jul 27, 2015




>> Category: Patch Burn Grazing Management 
>> Case Study: Bill Sproul Jane Koger