Specialty Crops

specialty-cropsOur Commercial Horticulture research team focuses on current and emerging specialty crops for Kansas. There are ample opportunities for producers in the areas of tree fruit, small fruit, nut, and vegetable crops, as well as the horticultural side of industrial hemp production, commercial turfgrass and ornamental nursery crops.

Our research includes pre-and post-harvest technologies, and modern practices, with state-of-the-art facilities and tools for efficient and effective production. We address challenges of our climate including high soil pH, heat in the summer, cold in the winter, drought, wind and water access. Controlled production environments are now critical to the success and season extension of many specialty crops in Kansas.

Programming efforts also focus on expanding the palette of landscape plants that thrive in the range of growing environments across the state.


Below are helpful resources relating to specialty crops. If you have specific questions, please contact your local extension office.


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Programs and Events

We offer a variety of learning opportunities throughout the year. For more information on upcoming events in your area, please contact your local extension office.