With irrigation season ramping up quickly, Mississippi State University Extension Service has lots of expertise and programs available to assist with your needs. One tool that we are using to better assess soil moisture and schedule appropriate irrigation is Watermark™ sensors.
The Watermark™ sensors are tension based sensors measuring field water holding capacity. The normal range of . . . → Read More: Watermark Sensors, Calculating Soil Moisture for Irrigation Initiation.
The MSU-DREC Rice Producer Field Day will be held in conjunction with the annual Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation Summer Rice Grower Meeting this year on the afternoon of July 30 at the Capps Center in Stoneville.. The Farm Bureau meeting will begin with lunch at noon, followed by the program beginning at 1 pm. Guest speakers . . . → Read More: MSU-DREC Rice Field Day – July 30, 2015
Surface sealing in the Mississippi Delta typically occurs in soils that have a low clay and organic matter content but have a high silt fraction, i.e., most of our silt loam soils. Surface sealing, from an irrigation management standpoint, is problematic because it can drastically reduce rainfall or irrigation infiltration rates. Following is a list of . . . → Read More: Identification of Sealing Soils
Last week Dr. Eric Larson wrote an excellent article dealing with corn irrigation initiation. At that time, a few growers had already begun to irrigate. Dr. Larson stressed the importance of accurately assessing soil moisture verses leaf wilting when determining irrigation initiation. The role of soil moisture sensors in determining when to initiate irrigation is proving . . . → Read More: Moisture Sensor’s Role in Irrigation Initiation.
The recent stretch of dry weather has prompted much conversation about the proper time to initiate irrigation for corn. This scenario usually generates a lot more anxiety than necessary because early season wilting is certainly not something we are very accustomed to. . . . → Read More: When Should I Start Irrigating My Corn?
As of today, some North Delta growers have received a much needed shower of rain. Elsewhere, growers are beginning to prepare for that first irrigation event. Installation of moisture sensors to aid in irrigation timing should be installed prior to laying of the poly-pipe.
Pre-conditioning of the Watermark sensors is a must!
Watermark sensors must be pre-conditioned prior . . . → Read More: Pre-conditioning of Watermark Sensors, a must do!
The previously scheduled Mississippi Soybean Promotion Board seminar dates in Tunica, Verona, and Macon for Wednesday (2/25) and Thursday (2/26) have been CANCELED due to the potential for inclement weather over the next 36 hours. Future dates will be listed on the Mississippi Crop Situation Blog and locations will likely not change. Please stay tuned for further announcements. . . . → Read More: Soybean Management Symposium Series: February 25 and 26, 2015 Dates CANCELED
Three more opportunities exist for ag-related personnel to attend the Mississippi Soybean Promotion Board sponsored seminar series on nutrition management, nematode sampling and management, and irrigation practices. Meetings are scheduled next week in Tunica (2/25; 9 am), Verona (2/26; 9 am), and Macon (2/26; 2:30 pm). . . . → Read More: Soybean Management Symposium Series: Future Dates (2/25 Tunica, MS; 2/26 Verona (morning); 2/26 Macon, MS (afternoon))
The RISER program is designed to assist producers in reducing water use while maintaining yield and profitability. Growers participating in the RISER program agree to allow the MSU researcher to manage the irrigation decisions on one field while the producer manages another field using his management style. We are in the planning process for the 2015 . . . → Read More: 2015 Riser Participants Needed.
“Pipe Planner is a free, user-friendly, web based application designed to help farmers create the most efficient poly tube irrigation system for their crops,”says Chris DeClerk of Delta Plastics. To assist Mississippi growers in the implementation of Pipe Planner, Lee Atwill, Doctoral candidate here at Mississippi State University, has created the linked instructional videos. Growers should . . . → Read More: Pipe Planner Instructional Videos