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Posts From Drew Gholson, Irrigation Specialist

Pipe Planner:  The Foundation Water Management Practice for Furrow Irrigated Systems

Pipe Planner: The Foundation Water Management Practice for Furrow Irrigated Systems

🕔06:43, 20.May 2016

To address the declining Mississippi River Valley Alluvial aquifer, Mississippi State University developed the Row-Crop Irrigation Science and Extension Research (RISER) program. RISER’s goal is to develop a science based approach for evaluating Irrigation Water Management (IWM) practices in the Mississippi Delta and

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Pre-conditioning of Watermark Sensors, a must do!

Pre-conditioning of Watermark Sensors, a must do!

🕔06:00, 19.May 2016

Rain is in the forecast for tonight. As of today only a few growers have initiated corn irrigation, mostly to incorporate fertilizer after missing the last rain opportunity. Elsewhere, growers are beginning to prepare for that first irrigation event.  Poly-pipe

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Pipe Planner Success Stories

Pipe Planner Success Stories

🕔15:35, 16.Jul 2015

Early this spring we received a call from a grower requesting assistance irrigating a new property he had acquired. Historically the property had been in a rice/soybean rotation.  As you can see by the elevation map, the property was not

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Soil Moisture Sensor Field Day Tomorrow!

🕔09:24, 15.Jul 2015

Mississippi State University Extension has planned two soil moisture sensor field days for July and early August.  Attendees will view demonstrations and presentations of the agronomic advantages of utilizing soil moisture sensors to trigger row crop irrigation presented by Dr.

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Soil Moisture Sensor Field Days Starting July 16th.

🕔20:26, 7.Jul 2015

Mississippi State University Extension has planned two soil moisture sensor field days for July and early August.  Attendees will view demonstrations and presentations of the agronomic advantages of utilizing soil moisture sensors to trigger row crop irrigation presented by Dr.

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Don’t Forget, Monsanto Water Conservation Field Day Tomorrow!

🕔11:18, 6.Jul 2015

The Monsanto Water Conservation Field Day hosted by Delta F.A.R.M. is tomorrow, Tuesday, July 7th at Simmons Planting Company and Murrell Farms in Washington County, MS. The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. at Simmons Planting Company and conclude at

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Surge Valve Update/P&R Jr. III Controller Limitations

Surge Valve Update/P&R Jr. III Controller Limitations

🕔09:43, 2.Jul 2015

P&R Surge Systems manufacture two surge valve controllers, the Star and the Jr.III.  The Star controller is totally digital and much more flexible in programming.  The Jr.III, being the more economic controller, lacks many of the features as of the

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Rice Irrigation with Safe AWD.

Rice Irrigation with Safe AWD.

🕔11:55, 1.Jul 2015

This year we are conducting nine rice irrigation Extension demonstration trials across the Delta.  To demonstrate the value of maintaining a less than full flood, we are utilizing a Pani Pipe and soil moisture probes to time irrigation events.  Research

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What is going on!

What is going on!

🕔05:31, 19.Jun 2015

With the use of irrigation moisture sensors increasing in Mississippi, growers are reporting that their moisture sensor values are remaining high after an irrigation event.  Growers are confused and frustrated that irrigation water is just not getting in the ground. 

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Tillage Study on Sealing Soils Results look Promising.

🕔05:25, 19.Jun 2015

Here are the results of one of our tillage studies where we tilled the middles with a parabolic anhydrous knife at layby in soybeans vs an untilled check.  The moisture sensors had been in the ground for a number of

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Understanding Surge Valve Setup

🕔20:42, 9.Jun 2015

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 with surge valves. We encourage you to visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46sSLFBUrh8       and view the video

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New Data Available on Sealing Soils

New Data Available on Sealing Soils

🕔10:34, 5.Jun 2015

If you farm old traditional cotton soils, most likely you have recognized that irrigation water tends to run down the row, racing to the tail ditch.  If you have noticed this, you have a “sealing soil”.  If you are using

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Watermark Sensors, Calculating Soil Moisture for Irrigation Initiation.

🕔10:34, 5.Jun 2015

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™

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Identification of Sealing Soils

🕔10:11, 20.May 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

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Moisture Sensor’s Role in Irrigation Initiation.

Moisture Sensor’s Role in Irrigation Initiation.

🕔14:54, 19.May 2015

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

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Soil Moisture Sensor Field Days

🕔10:49, 11.May 2015

Mississippi State University Extension is in the process of planning two soil moisture sensor field days for Summer 2015.  Attendee will view demonstrations and presentations of the agronomic advantages of utilizing soil moisture sensors to trigger row crop irrigation presented

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Now is the Time to Prepare for Pipe Planner!

🕔10:29, 13.Apr 2015

Pipe Planner offered free to farmers! Delta Plastics is committed to reducing irrigation water use within the Mississippi Delta by 20 percent by the year 2020. Delta Plastics has offered to provide the company’s irrigation management software, Pipe Planner, free

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Should I Convert to Pipe Planner?

Should I Convert to Pipe Planner?

🕔07:16, 12.Feb 2015

Pipe Planner offered free to farmers! Delta Plastics is committed to reducing irrigation water use within the Mississippi Delta by 20 percent by the year 2020. Delta Plastics has offered to provide the company’s irrigation management software, Pipe Planner, free

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2015 Riser Participants Needed.

2015 Riser Participants Needed.

🕔19:50, 9.Feb 2015

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

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Pipe Planner Instructional Videos

🕔11:20, 3.Feb 2015

“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

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2014 Mississippi State University RISER Program Results

2014 Mississippi State University RISER Program Results

🕔08:32, 9.Dec 2014

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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Irrigation Summit Scheduled for December 10th in Stoneville

🕔08:49, 4.Dec 2014

Delta area producer and landowners don’t want to miss the Dec. 10, 2014 Irrigation and Water Conservation Summit at the Capps Center in Stoneville, Miss. The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will conclude at 3:20 p.m. Lunch will

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2014 AWD Trial Summary

2014 AWD Trial Summary

🕔10:39, 20.Nov 2014

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

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Preparing for Flow Meter Reporting Deadline

🕔11:00, 13.Nov 2014

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

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Identifying Soils that “Seal” and Improving Irrigation Application Efficiency in “Sealing” Soils

Identifying Soils that “Seal” and Improving Irrigation Application Efficiency in “Sealing” Soils

🕔09:44, 4.Sep 2014

  This summer we had multiple conversations with producers that either irrigated or had significant rainfall events on their field, but the soil moisture sensors below the 6 inch depth never “detected” the irrigation or rainfall event (see https://www.mississippi-crops.com/2014/06/26/is-my-soil-moisture-sensor-broke/ ).

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