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K-State Today Student Edition

September 3, 2013



Rogers new fellow of American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers

By Mary Lou Peter

Danny Rogers

Danny Rogers, professor of biological and agricultural engineering, has been named a fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. He was honored at the society's annual international meeting in Kansas City, Mo., this summer.

Rogers, who has given many presentations addressing water resource management in his 36 years at K-State, is an agricultural engineer with K-State Research and Extension. He, along with K-State professor and colleague Gary Clark, was co-founder of the Kansas State University Mobile Irrigation Lab, designed to address reduced irrigation water availability.

Rogers and Clark also developed KanSched, the crop water use-based irrigation scheduling program, which was approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service in Kansas. KanSched is now also used in seven other states.

“Rogers is recognized as an authority in physical on-farm evaluation testing of center pivot sprinklers,” the ASABE said in announcing the award. “These evaluation tests have reduced sprinkler nozzle misapplications and have led to greatly improved on-farm usage in Kansas and other neighboring states, through educational and training activities.”

He helped develop Farm*A*Syst and Home*A*Syst educational programming for domestic wellhead protection and worked with the Kansas Farm Bureau in plugging abandoned wells across Kansas, which increases safety and helps keep contaminants from entering underground aquifers. 

Rogers was one of 13 individuals named fellows of the society this year.

To be considered for the grade of for the honor, an individual must demonstrate unusual professional distinction, with outstanding qualifications and experience in the field of agricultural engineering. Only about 2 percent of the active members of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers have achieved the grade of fellow, according to the society.

The society, www.asabe.org, is an international scientific and educational organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to agricultural, food and biological systems. Its members come from more than 100 countries.

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