KARA | Kansas Agricultural Research Association

Kansas Agricultural Research Association
Making agriculture more productive, more efficient, more profitable and more environmentally sound

KARA is an organization of innovative people including producers, researchers and industry persons who share a common desire to learn more about production agriculture.

KARA was organized in May, 2000, as the result of interest expressed at the Kansas Precision Agriculture Conferences.  It is a non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors and operating within its stated By-Laws.

KARA was formed to help sponsor on-farm research by hosting workshops and tours as well as the annual Precision Agriculture Conference.

This website was developed to facilitate communication among the KARA membership and to share items of interest regarding research activities both locally and nationally. The content on this page is from the site’s 2003 archived content.


Board of Directors
The Kara board of directors consists of four farmers and one crop input provider.  These five individuals have been leaders in the precision agriculture movement in Kansas.  Two K-State faculty helped facilitate the formation of KARA and serve unofficially as advisors to the board.

KARA members represent the whole of Kansas as depicted in this graphic.  Meetings and workshops are located in various regions throughout the state to increase access by all members.  Other communication is done electronically utilizing email and a ListServe.
A membership database is accessible for members use at www.quickbase.com 

  • Producer Members
  • Industry Members
  • University Advisors

Membership Benefits:

    • Opportunity to associate with others with similar interests
    • Reduced cost to attend any KARA sponsored event
    • Reservation preference and advance notice to future KARA events
    • Communication with other members via a ListServe
    • Access to all areas of the KARA website and quickbase database
    • Voting rights at all KARA meetings
    • Eligibility to serve on the Board of Directors
    • Link to their personal website
    • Available web space for a personal site

Membership Cost:
            $100.00 membership dues - provides membership through the Annual meeting (January 2005)
Membership Application:
            To print a membership application click here and send payment to Lee Scheufler at the address listed on the form.

6th Annual Precision Ag Conference
"Really came away from the conference pumped up." Lee Scheufler, Sterling, KS
Overall reaction..."the best PA conference I've been to yet!"

Although this is often said each year there seemed to be agreement that this years' conference addressed even more of the practical issues involved with doing intense farm management and on-farm research.
Speakers were warned by their colleagues that "they'd better be at the top of their game."  
Typically, the interaction between the audience and speakers is high and sometimes quite challenging.  One K-State professor was told "why that's just crazy" while presenting his research data on machinery management.  The discussion is brisk and is evident of the groups eagerness to learn and also of their willingness to share their own ideas, opinions and findings.
Links to presentations are highlighted below.



8:00   Registration/Coffee and Rolls
8:20   Industry Updates - Moderator, Scott Staggenborg (East Ballroom)
1. Product Update from Raven Industries - Andy Hill, Product Specialist
2. Product Update from John Deere AMS - Stacy Keeling, Product
Specialist, John Deere Ag Management Solutions, Wichita, KS
3. Product Update from Veris Technologies - Paul Drummond, Salina, KS
4. Product Update from Outback Guidance - Joe Redetzke, Hutchinson, KS
5. Product Update from AGCO FIELDSTAR  - Dave Murray, FIELDSTAR,
Hesston, KS
10:00  Welcome and Announcements - Dave Wilcox, KARA President
10:15  Making Management Decisions with On-Farm Data, A Farmers
Perspective - Don Glenn, Glen Acres Farms, Hillsboro, AL
11:00  Collecting, Managing and Using On-Farm Data for Management Decisions
and Handout - Dietrich & Terry Kastens, Atwood & Manhattan, KS

12:00  Lunch - West Ballroom
1:00   An Overview of New Software Options in Site Specific Management -
Darrin Grimm, Fairview, KS
1:40   Improving Nitrogen Management by Identifying Crop Nitrogen Need -
Robert Mullen, Agronomist, NTech Industries, Stillwater, OK
2:30   Site-Specific Management Research Update - John Shanahan, USDA-
ARS, Lincoln, NE
3:15   Break - West Ballroom
3:30   Buffer pH spatial variability, John Schmidt, Soil Scientist, Kansas State University, 
           Manhattan, KS
4:10  Research Reports - Individual descriptions of on farm research projects.
Farmers, crop consultants, university staff will give a brief synopsis of
research projects and results for 2002.
5:00   Poster Session and Social - West Ballroom
7:30   Mini-Workshops (choose one)
1. Hand-Crafted Site Specific Management Systems - Dietrich Kastens,
Atwood, KS; Dan Taylor, Sterling, KS. (Handout)
 2. Yield Data Stability Analysis - Randy Taylor, Ag Engineer and Scott
Staggenborg, NE Area Agronomist/ Kansas State University.


8:00   Coffee and Rolls - West Ballroom
8:30   Using GPS Data to Influence Machinery Decisions -  Randy Taylor, Ag
Engineer, Kansas State University
9:15    How Site Specific Management fits into the New Farm Bill - Dan
Meyerhoff, NRCS, Salina, KS
10:00  Break - West Ballroom
10:15  Soil Recommendations for High Yields and Precision Ag Research in Nebraska
 - Richard Ferguson,
Soil Scientist, University of Nebraska
11:00  Relative Performance of Alternative DGPS Sources - Pat Coyne, Head,
Western Kansas Agricultural Research Centers - Kansas State University
Hays, KS
11:45 KARA Member Annual Meeting and Lunch - West Ballroom
1:15   Boundary Line Analysis - Randy Taylor, Ag Engineer, Kansas State
University and Paul Drummond, Veris Technologies, Salina, KS
Research and Proposal Writing Process -" Dietrich Kastens, Chair KARA
Research Committee
4:00  Workshop Closing Comments