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Kansas State University’s Rogers to be honored with national engineering award

Extension irrigation specialist will be recognized for his work in crop irrigation and water research management.

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Released: June 16, 2016

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Danny H. Rogers’ life’s work has centered on water – specifically using it as efficiently as possible in growing our food supply. In recognition of that work, Rogers, a professor at Kansas State University, is being honored by his peers nationwide with the 2016 GB Gunlogson Countryside Engineering Award.

He will receive the award during the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) annual meeting July 17-20 in Orlando, Florida.

As an irrigation specialist with K-State Research and Extension, Rogers conducts research in water resource management and educates crop producers about the latest findings in irrigation systems, with an emphasis on center pivot sprinklers, subsurface drip irrigation systems, evapotranspiration-based irrigation scheduling, and irrigation pumping.

He earned a Ph.D. at Oklahoma State University in 1988 and was named a Fellow of the ASABE in 2013. He has authored and co-authored more than 250 journal articles and publications.

He co-founded KanSched, an evapotranspiration-based irrigation scheduling software program that is widely used in Kansas and around the world. He was also part of a team that developed design criteria and other management and operational needs of subsurface drip irrigation or SDI systems.

Additionally, he and his colleagues have worked to educate Kansas producers about the advantages of using center pivot systems, including water, energy and labor savings versus flood irrigation, which was routinely used in the past.

Rogers is active in the Ogallala Initiative project, which focuses on water issues in the Ogallala Aquifer. He provides assistance in several water quality programs.

He helped develop two Kansas farmstead environmental assessment programs, Farm*A*Syst and Home*A*Syst and an extensive program to plug abandoned water wells in cooperation with Kansas Farm Bureau.

The GB Gunlogson Countryside Engineering Award is given by the society to honor engineering practices resulting in the enhancement of techniques or technology for countryside development, or plans programs or other leadership activities which promote the development of the countryside. It was made possible by ASABE Fellow G.B. Gunlogson, founder of the Countryside Development Foundation Inc. in Racine, Wisconsin.


K‑State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well‑being of Kansans.  Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K‑State campus in Manhattan.

Story by:
Mary Lou Peter
K-State Research and Extension

For more information:
Danny Rogers - 785-532-2933 or drogers@ksu.edu