Irrigation

Switch to new irrigation system depends on future droughts

Investing in efficient irrigation systems usually requires significant capital. As with other capital-intensive investments, doing it would only make economic sense if the benefits exceed the costs. Each farmer can estimate the cost of switching... more »

Growers advised to check irrigation systems now

Exposed to weather and wildlife during the winter months, irrigation systems can incur a multitude of problems during the growing season if they are not addressed now, according to Wes Porter, University of Georgia Cooperative... more »

WPVGA publishes water fact book

Over the next few months growers will be presenting factual, scientific information to local governmental bodies throughout central Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA) has compiled a "High Capacity Well Fact Book" of... more »

Study compares drip, furrow irrigation in organic production

In light of the current drought, many tomato growers are turning to water-efficient drip irrigation to increase yields and water use efficiency while decreasing weed pressure. However, the long-term implications of this transition for nutrient... more »

South Texas irrigation training manual published

South Texas agricultural irrigators have a new resource available to help them improve irrigation management and water conservation, according to a Texas Water Resources Institute official. The “South Texas Irrigation Training Program Manual,” a publication... more »

Irrigation evolves from cumbersome sprinkler applications

Irrigation of vegetable crops has a lengthy history, driven by the reality that water is a finite resource. The emphasis on having the proper amount of water for successful plant growth continues to increase. According... more »

Empire Farm Days’ sprinker demos to highlight irrigation options

Live sprinkler demonstrations at the Empire Farm Days, Aug. 9-11, will highlight irrigation options for all types of fruit, berry, vegetable and crop producers. The demonstrations are part of the outdoor agricultural show hosted on 300 acres... more »

Purdue, MSU Extension provide irrigation tools

For over 25 years, Michigan State University and Purdue University have been developing and improving tools to assist in irrigation management. “Checkbook” irrigation scheduling is still a key factor in irrigation management. MSU and Purdue have... more »

Semios special offer to provide free soil moisture monitoring

Semios, provider of real-time agricultural information for precision farming, now offers two years of free soil moisture monitoring for their customers to optimize irrigation efficiencies, improving crop quality and yield, the company said. Semios has... more »

Irrigation technologies key for California farmers

Despite hopes for a drenching from El Niño, California farmers are facing another drought year in 2016. Even after four years of the worst drought on record, California farm output was a record $54 billion... more »


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