Last summer we discussed the potential benefits of properly managing and irrigating multiple inlet rice fields. The advantages of multiple inlet include rapid flood establishment, reduced N loss, and more precise and easier flood control. The greatest advantage of multiple inlet irrigation is it facilitates the adoption of other irrigation practices. AWD or . . . → Read More: 2014 AWD Trial Summary
We received a phone call this morning from a Delta grower requesting assistance with his flow meter readings. Before the weather turns wet and cold, he had decided to collect the data from his well’s flow meters for reporting by the February deadline. Quite to his surprise, his supplier had installed flow meters with three different . . . → Read More: Preparing for Flow Meter Reporting Deadline
We have reached the point of the growing season where we have begun to terminate irrigation in soybean. When making this decision, the goal is to make sure that adequate soil moisture is available to ensure that the soybean seeds reach maximum size. Terminating irrigation too soon can result in decreased seed size which ultimately will . . . → Read More: Soybean Irrigation Termination
“It ain’t over till it’s over!” Amazing as it seems, several producers have not laid poly pipe. After the five plus inches of rainfall we received last week, some producers are questioning the need to lay pipe this late in the season. With harvest for corn and rice within 30 days, does it make sense to . . . → Read More: “It ain’t over till it’s over!” / Turnrow Talks
Considering the abundant rainfall during June and the corn crop progressing closer toward maturity, many are wondering whether additional irrigation may even be needed. This article discusses how to make that and other late-season irrigation decisions. . . . → Read More: Will We Need to Irrigate Our Corn Again?
Now is the time to prepare for 2015 PHAUCET implementation!
Without a doubt the installation of PHAUCET (Pipe Hole and Universal Crown Evaluation Tool) on every acre of your farm is the most important water saving strategy you can implement. PHAUCET allows you to irrigate your fields uniformly with each furrow watering out at . . . → Read More: Now is the time to prepare for 2015 PHAUCET implementation!
With water being one of the most expensive inputs of the rice producer, utilizing methods to limit the amount of water used makes economic sense.
Adoption of multiple inlet irrigation has allowed producers to reduce water consumption. Water use with multiple inlet has translated into an 18% (fig.2) reduction in water cost over straight levee . . . → Read More: Economic Benefits of Properly Managing Multiple Inlet Rice Irrigation
The importance of soil moisture sensors is becoming more evident as we continue forward this growing season. Today (Monday, June 16th), we received a call regarding sensor readings that were assessed early this morning. The following are the data discussed in this scenario. . . . → Read More: Is My Soil Moisture Sensor Broke?