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Help guide irrigation researchers by taking this survey

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Help us by participating in an irrigation survey. The questions in this survey are only about furrow- or flood-irrigated croplands. Flood-irrigated croplands still play an important role in supplying food, feed and fiber demands in the United States but have received less national attention in recent years compared to sprinkler and drip irrigation methods. Information from this survey will be ... Read More »

Clemson researchers develop new app to aid row-crop fertigation

row crop fertigiation

The days of manually calculating numbers on spreadsheets to determine how much liquid fertilizer should be used to fertigate row crops may soon be gone, thanks to a new web-based calculator from Clemson University. The Clemson Center Pivot Fertigation Calculator is designed to help agricultural producers make more precise fertilizer applications, which will save money and increase crop productivity. This ... Read More »

A Reason To Try New Things

chad render

The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture has demonstrated water management practices on cooperator farms for five years. The Arkansas irrigation yield contest tests the knowledge and ability of growers to produce the “Most Crop Per Drop.” Together, these efforts have shown that when applied effectively, water use can be reduced by 24% on average with no yield penalty. Chad ... Read More »

‘Most Crop Per Drop’ contest challenges Arkansas producers

Experimentation paid off for Arkansas producers who competed in the “Most Crop Per Drop” contest — in knowledge gained about irrigation management and in cash prizes for the top winners. Contest winners were announced recently during the 34th annual Arkansas Water and Soil Education Conference, held virtually this year. The top winners in three categories — corn, rice and soybean ... Read More »

UArk to host virtual soil moisture sensor school Feb. 16-17

chris henry

Arkansas crop producers who want to get better control of their water use during the 2021 growing season will have several opportunities through a two-day soil health school. The Cooperative Extension Service, part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, will offer a two-day soil sensor school Feb. 16-17. Participants will attend both days, but have a choice ... Read More »

OK State’s TAPS program lets farmers test drive new irrigation technologies

jason warren, TAPS

Oklahoma State University’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources is using an interactive program called Testing Ag Performance Solutions to help corn and cotton farmers with irrigated crops improve water-use management. TAPS allows producers to try out research-based improved technologies and strategies at OSU Ag Research sites in the Oklahoma Panhandle before investing their own money in similar systems, ... Read More »

UArk publishes inaugural ‘Corn and Sorghum Research Studies’

corn and sorghum studies

The University of Arkansas Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station recently published its inaugural edition of “Corn and Sorghum Research Studies.” Edited by Victor Ford, Jason Kelley and Nathan McKinney II, the 100-plus-page report includes research results on all topics pertaining to corn and grain sorghum production including disease management, environmental/sustainability, irrigation, post-harvest drying, soil fertility, weed control, and research verification program ... Read More »

Know when to safely terminate irrigation

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• By Erick Larson • We have a wide range of corn maturity due to sporadic planting opportunities this spring, but much will be denting and filling kernel size and weight soon. Assuming the crop is already made can quickly erode potential profitability, as about 50% of kernel weight is filled after dent. Thus, corn management is still important. Irrigation ... Read More »

UArk launches 2020 ‘Most Crop Per Drop’ irrigation yield contest

karl garner

Do you think you know how to irrigate and stretch your water supply? If so, enter the University of Arkansas’ “Most Crop Per Drop” contest. Unlike regular yield contests that simply look at how many bushels you can produce per acre, this contest involves how many bushels you produce per acre-inch of water used. The winner may not have the ... Read More »

Tools To Save Water, Stay Profitable

corn irrigation

Will Hart, a farmer who produces corn and soybeans on 3,000 acres in the Mississippi Delta, remembers the way his grandfather determined whether the crops needed water. “We’d go out in the field and kick the dirt,” Hart says. “If it was dry, then the crops got water.” Today, farmers in the Delta are more realistic with their irrigation management. ... Read More »