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Posts From Dan Roach, Ext. Associate

2021 Irrigation Season Approaching

2021 Irrigation Season Approaching

🕔01:11, 7.May 2021

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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How to Determine Where to Install Soil Moisture Sensors

How to Determine Where to Install Soil Moisture Sensors

🕔09:32, 6.May 2021

Irrometer Watermark Series: Location Selection Link to publication: http://extension.msstate.edu/publications/irrometer-watermark-series-location-selection Publication Number: P3539 View as PDF: P3539.pdf This publication series provides information and recommendations pertaining to the Irrometer Watermark 200SS, a granular matrix sensor commonly used in Mississippi for scheduling irrigation. Future publications

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Soon it will be time to install Watermark Sensors

Soon it will be time to install Watermark Sensors

🕔09:36, 29.Apr 2021

I’m sure irrigation is the last thing on most folks minds but here are some things to consider to prepare for irrigation season this summer. Watermark soil moisture sensors are probably the most widely used sensor here in the Delta.

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Polypipe Pickup by Request Only

Polypipe Pickup by Request Only

🕔04:37, 12.Dec 2020

As a reminder, please inform all growers this season Delta Plastics will only be collecting used Delta polytube upon customer request. To schedule a pick-up, contact your local Delta sales rep, or call us at (800)277-9172. We appreciate your business

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Late Season Paraquat Drift on Rice

Late Season Paraquat Drift on Rice

🕔03:02, 31.Aug 2020

Prior to rice harvest and soybean desiccation we would like to present the work of Justin McCoy, a PhD candidate under the direction of Dr. Bobby Golden.  Justin’s dissertation investigated the effects of late-season paraquat drift on rice over the

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Drainage Tile Webinar Wednesday and Thursday

Drainage Tile Webinar Wednesday and Thursday

🕔09:33, 10.Aug 2020

Join the MSU Team for what you thought may never be possible – drainage tile in the Mississippi Delta and the benefits it can provide. Mississippi State is teaming up with Advanced Drainage Systems and Soil-Max on a quick, 2-part

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Rice Flood, It’s Okay to Let it Down

Rice Flood, It’s Okay to Let it Down

🕔18:24, 25.Jun 2020

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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Sealing Soils Confusion

Sealing Soils Confusion

🕔18:23, 25.Jun 2020

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

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Surge Valves Update

Surge Valves Update

🕔06:03, 19.Jun 2020

Surge Valves are being investigated by the MSU Irrigation Team 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 valves Producers can

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Flood Irrigated Soybean Yield Considerations

Flood Irrigated Soybean Yield Considerations

🕔06:03, 19.Jun 2020

Traditionally, many rice farmers chose to flood irrigate their soybeans. Rice farmers were accustomed to pulling levees in rice fields, so it was a natural fit to irrigate soybeans in the same fashion. With the decreasing water levels in the

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Irrigation after Cristobal

Irrigation after Cristobal

🕔14:10, 8.Jun 2020

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 today from tropical depression Cristobal, irrigation is not really a primary concern until we rebound

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Producers Benefit from Multiple Side Inlet in Rice Production.

Producers Benefit from Multiple Side Inlet in Rice Production.

🕔13:36, 8.Jun 2020

Most of the area rice is close to the permanent flood timing or will be after this tropical depression. With water being one of the most expensive inputs of the rice producer, utilizing methods to limit the amount of water

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MDAC Press Release

MDAC Press Release

🕔12:34, 8.Jun 2020

STATE OF MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND COMMERCE ANDY GIPSON COMMISSIONER PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 8, 2020 Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce Contact: Paige Manning, Director of Marketing and Public Relations 601-359-1163 paige@mdac.ms.gov MDAC Continues to Enforce

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Farm Labor Program Announced

Farm Labor Program Announced

🕔12:56, 27.Apr 2020

The Mississippi Congressional delegation, Mississippi Farm Bureau, Mississippi National Guard and Reserves, Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, Mississippi State University Extension Service, and other agriculture-focused groups have facilitated the pairing of furloughed or unemployed members of the Guard, Reserve,

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Pipe Planner Trainings for April 2020

Pipe Planner Trainings for April 2020

🕔13:20, 31.Mar 2020

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Furrow Irrigated Rice Final Report

Furrow Irrigated Rice Final Report

🕔07:03, 13.Mar 2020

Over the last four years, MSU has conducted forty-nine “on-farm” furrow irrigated rice trials.  Yield data was reported from all forty-nine locations, while water use data was collected on twenty-eight locations from 2017-2019. Producers were required to have two adjacent

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Pipe Planner Webinars 2020

Pipe Planner Webinars 2020

🕔12:15, 9.Mar 2020

Pipe Planner training webinars will be starting in March for the 2020 season next week! Please see the dates below. Feel free to attend as many as you desire. Results have shown that those that use Pipe Planner can save

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2019 Delta Area Rice Meeting this Thursday

2019 Delta Area Rice Meeting this Thursday

🕔09:10, 18.Nov 2019

The 2019 Delta Area Rice Meeting will be held at the Bolivar Co. Extension office on this Thursday, November 21st, 2019. Mississippi rice producers, industry professionals, and other interested parties are invited to listen to presentations from MSU research and

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Delta Area Rice Meeting November 21st.

Delta Area Rice Meeting November 21st.

🕔07:34, 7.Nov 2019

The 2019 Delta Area Rice Meeting will be held at the Bolivar Co. Extension office on November 21st, 2019.  Mississippi rice producers, industry professionals, and other interested parties are invited to listen to presentations from MSU research and Extension faculty

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Moisture Sensors not Responding to Irrigation

Moisture Sensors not Responding to Irrigation

🕔07:23, 21.Jun 2019

The importance of soil moisture sensors is becoming more evident as we continue forward this growing season.  This week we received a call regarding sensor readings that were assessed early this morning. The following are the data discussed in this

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Sealing Soils Complicates Irrigation

Sealing Soils Complicates Irrigation

🕔07:08, 21.Jun 2019

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

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May 2019 Pipe Planner Trainings

May 2019 Pipe Planner Trainings

🕔09:47, 29.Apr 2019

Pipe Planner trainings will continue this week and will continue for the month of May! Whether you are a seasoned Pipe Planner professional needing a re-fresher or a first-time user, these sessions will equip you with all of the knowledge

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Row Rice fields ready to plant.

Row Rice fields ready to plant.

🕔09:02, 25.Apr 2019

One of our MSU row rice cooperators this year sent me the following pictures of his row rice and conventional levee fields.  He has burned the row rice field and it is ready to plant.  The conventional levee field had

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Rice Water Weevils densities in Furrow Irrigated Rice

Rice Water Weevils densities in Furrow Irrigated Rice

🕔16:29, 18.Apr 2019

Read Kelly, graduate student under the direction of Dr. Jeff Gore, has been investigating the relationship and densities of rice water weevils in furrow irrigated or row rice.  During 2017 and 2018, Read conducted rice water weevil studies on eleven

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Be sure to check those Watermark sensors.

Be sure to check those Watermark sensors.

🕔16:47, 5.Apr 2019

After a long wet winter,  irrigation is the last thing on most folks minds.  Now that we have a little field work completed and some planting done, here are some things to consider to prepare for irrigation season this summer. 

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