This past week we encountered the following situation. A Grower irrigated a silt loam field utilizing a surge valve. When he checked his moisture probes neither the 6” nor the 12” Watermark™ sensor had moved. What’s going on? After careful evaluation we realized that the grower had prematurely terminated the irrigation cycle.
A few weeks ago we . . . → Read More: Surge Valve Issues and Gleanings.
It’s okay to let it down!
Defining proper flooding of rice can be somewhat challenging depending who you talk to. One thing is for sure, to take advantage of the cost saving of straight levees and multiple inlet rice production, the depth of flood has to be managed. With the days of cheap water behind us and . . . → Read More: It’s okay to let it down!
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!
Corn reproductive stages generally comprise about 60 days for corn hybrids grown in Mississippi at normal planting dates. Identification of these stages is critical for making prudent management decisions and anticipating crop response to practices and environmental conditions. . . . → Read More: Identifying Corn Reproductive Growth Stages and Management Implications
We are having lots of questions concerning the proper set up of surge valves. First, please consider some of the basic terminology associated with furrow irrigation.
We encourage you to visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46sSLFBUrh8 and view the video before continuing.
Phases of Furrow Irrigation
1. Advance Cycle – The phase in which the dry furrow is wetted. This cycle creates . . . → Read More: Programing a Surge Valve
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?
Although we have received lots of rainfall this season, it is time to initiate irrigation in soybean. Keep in mind that irrigation during the early vegetative phase provides little to no yield benefit. The reason to apply irrigation during the vegetative stages is to promote adequate vegetative growth and node development. It is during the reproductive . . . → Read More: Soybean Irrigation Initiation
Row crop irrigation needs are ramping up and one of the tools we can use to better assess soil moisture is Watermark sensors. This article describes how to analyze the data generated by sensors to help you better schedule irrigation. . . . → Read More: How to Use Watermark Sensors to Assess Soil Moisture and Schedule Irrigation