Irrigation and Water Conservation:
Irrigation efficiency is important because it minimizes wasted water, runoff, and crop stress and damage.
- Scouting is done as needed to avoid runoff.
- A low rate of water is applied each pass.
- Irrigation is cut off when rain is near.
- Detailed records are kept of water usage at each location.
- Well water samples are being taken to a laboratory for quality testing to ensure pollution free standards are maintained.
- In-field weather stations are utilized with soil moisture probes to assist in applying the most efficient amount of water.
- Crushed limestone is applied as-needed to improve water infiltration rates and water holding capacity.
- Nozzles are arranged for almost-dry wheel track setup for the towers most susceptible to washing.
- Soil amendments are being tested to improve water infiltration and overall usage efficiency.
- Check valves are in place to prevent ground water contamination.
- Nozzles are checked for even distribution and cleared of blockages by debris.
- Stream-style water application nozzles are used to minimize drift and evaporation.
- Variable Rate Irrigation prescriptions are used to get less water where where we don’t need as much.
- We are experimenting with locating the nozzles on top to improve the evenness of water distribution and keep excess water out of pivot tracks.