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How to Determine Soybean Irrigation Termination Timing

How to Determine Soybean Irrigation Termination Timing

🕔17:12, 4.Sep 2020

While some acres have finished and combines have started moving across fields, other acres that were planted later are still progressing through late reproductive growth stages. With that said, a lot of our state’s acres have just reached or are

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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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When to Terminate Irrigation in Corn

When to Terminate Irrigation in Corn

🕔11:41, 18.Jul 2020

As the corn crop nears maturity, knowing when you can safely terminate irrigation, without sacrificing yield, or wasting money and labor through unnecessary irrigation is likely the most important decision that will affect your bottom line. This article outlines the steps needed to help make these decisions accurately and reliable.

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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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Soil Moisture Monitoring Showcase

Soil Moisture Monitoring Showcase

🕔14:19, 22.Jun 2020

We are excited to announce our 2020 Soil Moisture Monitoring Showcase. Please visit the Showcase page for full access and information on the program. https://www.ncaar.msstate.edu/outreach/index.php#showcase  This soil moisture monitoring showcase provides an opportunity for the Mississippi agricultural community to learn

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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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Irrigation Season Approaching

Irrigation Season Approaching

🕔09:11, 28.May 2020

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 Improve Corn Yield by Better Timing your First Irrigation

How to Improve Corn Yield by Better Timing your First Irrigation

🕔22:59, 25.May 2020

The first week of hot, dry weather has folks scrambling to get ready to irrigate and often creates more anxiety than necessary. Deciding when to start irrigating corn can not only be confusing, but can have a considerable effect on crop productivity. This article explains methods to help you make that decision and make more corn.

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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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Maintainance time for Watermark Sensors

Maintainance time for Watermark Sensors

🕔09:36, 20.Mar 2020

Here it is almost late March and wet again.  Noticed some field work and corn planting south of highway 82 yesterday.  I’m sure irrigation is the last thing on most folks minds but here are some watermark things to consider

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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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MSU Extension offers “Come and Go” Pipe Planner help

MSU Extension offers “Come and Go” Pipe Planner help

🕔08:36, 28.Feb 2020

MSU Extension offers irrigation training in Delta   The Mississippi State University Extension Service will offer multiple opportunities March 3-5 for Delta row-crop producers to get help with an important irrigation planning tool. Extension professionals will be at county Extension

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Irrigation Training

Irrigation Training

🕔08:54, 19.Feb 2020

Mississippi State University and Delta Plastics invite you to a gathering to discuss irrigation in the mid-south. – Introducing Drew Gholson, MSU irrigation specialist – Pipe Planner training and planning for the 2020 season Friday, February 21, 2020 11:00 am at

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County Meeting Schedule – February 2020

County Meeting Schedule – February 2020

🕔21:55, 30.Jan 2020

Mississippi State University Extension will be hosting several more county row crop meetings during February of 2020. Each meeting will cover issues specific to the region including management topics on agronomics, insects, weeds, diseases, and economics. A meal will be

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Upcoming County Meetings – January 22-23, 2020

Upcoming County Meetings – January 22-23, 2020

🕔10:25, 17.Jan 2020

Mississippi State University Extension will be hosting several county row crop meetings in January and February of 2020. Each meeting will cover issues specific to the region including management topics on agronomics, insects, weeds, diseases, and economics. A meal will

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How to Safely Terminate Irrigation in Corn

How to Safely Terminate Irrigation in Corn

🕔10:55, 13.Jul 2019

As the corn crop nears maturity, knowing when you can safely terminate irrigation, without sacrificing yield, or wasting money and labor through unnecessary irrigation is likely the most important decision that will affect your bottom line. 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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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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