Kansas Wheat Innovation Center
Heartland Plant Innovations (HPI) is located in the Kansas Wheat Innovation Center (KWIC) in Manhattan. Construction on the $11 million Kansas Wheat Innovation Center began in October 2011 and the facility was completed in November 2012.
In addition to HPI staff, laboratories and greenhouses, the staffs of the Kansas Wheat Commission (KWC) and Kansas Association of Wheat Growers (KAWG) are headquartered at the KWIC; additional tenants include the Kansas Wheat Alliance and the Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom. The KWIC sits on three acres adjacent to the Grain Science and Industry Complex north of Kimball Avenue in Manhattan, on land being leased from Kansas State University.
The focus of the research at the KWIC, a 35,000 square-foot structure, which includes 15,000 square feet of advanced wheat breeding laboratories, a 10,000 square-foot greenhouse complex and 10,000 square feet of office space, is on developing new traits, varieties and solutions for Hard Red Winter and Hard White winter wheat farmers.
The complex's key features include several growth chambers and freezers and laboratory pods in which researchers are able to control the growth environment of wheat plants from emergence to maturity. Four separate greenhouses have been built on the north side of the laboratory, one of which is air conditioned, allowing research to take place even in the middle of hot Kansas summers.
The research facility is also home to some of the operations of K-State’s world-renowned Wheat Genetics and Genomics Resource Center (WGGRC).
The office portion features a boardroom, large meeting space/classroom and a test kitchen. Several businesses and families acquired naming rights of many of the rooms in the complex; funds from those naming opportunities have been placed into the Kansas Wheat Research Foundation, which is used exclusively for funding wheat research at Kansas State University.
Contact information for HPI is below. Please stop by for a tour when you are in Manhattan.
1990 Kimball Avenue
Manhattan, KS 66502