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Posts From Jason Krutz, Irrigation Specialist

Burning Stalks – What does it Really Cost?

Burning Stalks – What does it Really Cost?

🕔09:03, 13.Sep 2017

After harvest, you immediately face management decisions which may have considerable effect on future productivity. Corn produces far more residue than most crops we are accustomed to, so it possesses considerable benefits, or may create anxiety depending upon how you view it. This article addresses the pro’s and con’s of crop residue and associated management options, including burning.

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Need to borrow a Flow meter?

Need to borrow a Flow meter?

🕔12:50, 28.Jun 2017

The most important piece of data for running Pipe Planner is flow from your water sources.  Gathering this piece of information can sometimes be difficult.  If you are currently seeking where to get a flow meter, please see the attached

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Pipe Planner Update!

Pipe Planner Update!

🕔14:24, 15.Jun 2017

New updates were recently deployed to Pipe Planner.  Please following the directions when signing into Pipe Planner to clear your computer cache to ensure that these new updates take place. Below you will find the message located in Pipe Planner

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Irrigation Season is Approaching

Irrigation Season is Approaching

🕔04:41, 2.Jun 2017

It is often said here in the Mid-South that we are always 10 days from a drought!  However, with the widespread and abundant rainfall received thus far in Mississippi, irrigation is not really a primary concern until we rebound to more typical

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Another Row Rice Example

Another Row Rice Example

🕔04:32, 2.Jun 2017

Here is an example of grower ingenuity. This grower planted a flat field of heavy buckshot clay and was unable to construct levees due to rain. The field was ready to flood so he decided to give row rice a

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When is the Right Time to Start Irrigating your Corn?

When is the Right Time to Start Irrigating your Corn?

🕔14:06, 19.May 2017

Deciding when to start irrigating corn can be somewhat confusing because visual clues, such as plant wilting or what your neighbors are doing, are often poor indicators of your crop needs. The key factor for initiating irrigation at the appropriate time is simply thoroughly evaluating soil moisture. This article discusses issues relevant to properly timing your first corn irrigation.

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Using Tractor Data for Pipe Planner

Using Tractor Data for Pipe Planner

🕔11:58, 18.May 2017

Utilizing tractor GPS data for Pipe Planner designs seems to just get easier.  Here are some basic steps to utilize  GPS tractor monitor data to develop a Pipe Planner recommendation. (all pics are clickable) Elevation data is one  piece of

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Row Rice Video’s

Row Rice Video’s

🕔07:16, 17.May 2017

With rice acres down, many thanks to the growers that have helped with our 2017 Row Rice trials.  This year, the Irrigation Team is comparing water use and yield on Row Rice fields to Multiple Side Inlet using AWD irrigation

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Last Week for Pipe Planner Webinar

Last Week for Pipe Planner Webinar

🕔09:32, 27.Mar 2017

Pipe Planner’s last weekly webinar series is set for this week.  Below you will find the invitation for  March 28 and March 31.  Follow the instructions embedded in the invitation and login to the meeting.  All you need is a

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Pipe Planner Webinar Week Three

Pipe Planner Webinar Week Three

🕔16:20, 17.Mar 2017

Pipe Planner’s third weekly webinar series is set for next week.  Below you will find the invitation for  March 24.  Follow the instructions embedded in the invitation and login to the meeting.  All you need is a secure internet connection

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Pipe Planner Webinar Week Two

Pipe Planner Webinar Week Two

🕔09:36, 10.Mar 2017

Next week will begin Pipe Planner’s second installation of the weekly webinar series in March.  Below you will find two separate invitations for the week on March 14 and March 17 .  Select which webinar you would like to attend,

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Pipe Planner Webinar Schedule

Pipe Planner Webinar Schedule

🕔09:07, 2.Mar 2017

  To address the declining Mississippi River Valley Alluvial aquifer, Mississippi State University developed the Row-Crop Irrigation Science and Extension Research (RISER) program. RISER’s goal is to develop a science based approach for evaluating Irrigation Water Management (IWM) practices in the Mississippi Delta

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Time to Throw those Watermarks Away

Time to Throw those Watermarks Away

🕔07:30, 24.Feb 2017

Throw them away! As we begin to prepare for the up coming irrigation season here are some things to consider.  Watermark soil moisture sensors are probably the most widely used sensor here in the Delta.  We are now into the

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MSU Researcher Utilizes Small Plots to Verify AWD

MSU Researcher Utilizes Small Plots to Verify AWD

🕔09:10, 17.Feb 2017

In addition to the large scale on farm rice studies, MSU research has utilized controlled small plot research to verify the use of AWD in rice.  PhD. candidate Lee Atwill shares his AWD investigations. Experiments were conducted at the Delta

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Row Rice Results from Silent Shade Planting Co.

Row Rice Results from Silent Shade Planting Co.

🕔08:49, 10.Feb 2017

In 2015,  Jeremy Jacks and  brother in law, Trey Koger  had a hilly field, traditionally planted in soybeans, adjacent to a large tract of conventionally grown rice.  Faced with all the issues of herbicide drift if soybeans had been planted,

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2016 Riser Program Irrigation Summary

2016 Riser Program Irrigation Summary

🕔09:24, 3.Feb 2017

The Row-Crop Irrigation Science and Extension Research (RISER) was developed as a science based approach to evaluating irrigation Best Management Practices (BMPs) here in the Delta. The RISER program is designed to assist producers in reducing water use while maintaining

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Soybean Irrigation: Flood vs Furrow Results

Soybean Irrigation: Flood vs Furrow Results

🕔09:34, 27.Jan 2017

From time to time the Irrigation Team at MSU is requested to investigate the effects of certain agronomic and cultural practices farmers use.  Traditionally, many rice farmers chose to flood irrigate their soybeans.  Rice farmers were accustom to pulling levees

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Deadline for reporting flow meter usage nears

🕔10:32, 23.Jan 2017

February 1, 2017 is the deadline for reporting your 2016 water usage. MDEQ should have sent each participate a survey for completion in the fall of 2016. The survey must be returned to MDEQ either by mail, fax, or the

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Three Years of AWD Water Savings in Rice

Three Years of AWD Water Savings in Rice

🕔11:46, 20.Jan 2017

AWD is a water-saving technology that farmers can use to reduce the amount of irrigation water used in rice fields without any yield penalty. In AWD, farmers allow the flood water to recede to a “muddy” state before re-flooding the

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Identifying Late Season Soybean Growth Stages

Identifying Late Season Soybean Growth Stages

🕔22:19, 19.Aug 2016

As we approach soybean physiological maturity, determining the specific soybean growth stage can aid in several important management decisions. Distinct differences exist between the R6 and R6.5 growth stage.

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How to Determine when you can Terminate Corn Irrigation

How to Determine when you can Terminate Corn Irrigation

🕔18:21, 19.Jul 2016

As the corn crop nears maturity, knowing when you can safely terminate irrigation timing, while optimizing yield potential is likely the most important decision you will face. In order to make this call, you need to estimate when the crop will reach maturity and how much moisture is present in your soil. This article outlines the steps needed to help make this process accurate and reliable.

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Is Row Rice in your Future?

Is Row Rice in your Future?

🕔11:22, 17.Jun 2016

Row rice or furrow irrigated rice is once again being investigated by the MSU Irrigation team as an alternative to conventional flooded rice production.  Some of you may recall Dr. Joe Street and Dr. Ted Miller worked with Clarksdale’s Leon

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Irrigation Sensors: A Management Tool

Irrigation Sensors: A Management Tool

🕔10:02, 3.Jun 2016

There are many reasons why growers initiate early season irrigation.  Activation and incorporation of dry fertilizers and herbicides have been one motivating factor this year.  This year, it appears, growers are getting more familiar with utilizing soil moisture sensors as

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Corn and Soybean Irrigation Guidelines

Corn and Soybean Irrigation Guidelines

🕔11:38, 27.May 2016

As we traveled through Tunica county today we noticed a few growers received a shower or two recently.  Elsewhere across the Delta, a shower would be a welcomed Memorial Day event. Over the last couple of days we have received

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Surge Valves Increase Application Efficiency

Surge Valves Increase Application Efficiency

🕔05:40, 26.May 2016

In 2014, the Irrigation Team added surge valves to our list of tools to increase irrigation application efficiency.  When using a surge valve, water is applied in a series of on-off cycles alternating between two irrigation sets.  By utilizing surge

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