Tag Archives: Irrigation

University of Arkansas to host several water management/irrigation schools

Chris Henry irrigation school

Arkansas crop producers who want to get a better handle on water use in 2019 will have several opportunities through a series of irrigation/water management schools. “The schools are small groups with short instruction and include practical exercises,” says Chris Henry, associate professor and water management engineer for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. Surge/soil moisture sensor schools ... Read More »

Row rice gains ground in Arkansas

row rice

In parts of Arkansas, the signature sweeping curves of rice field levees are being replaced by straight rows, a change that can provide significant cost savings for growers. Most of the rice in Arkansas is grown in controlled floods. The curved levees follow the field contours, enabling growers to maintain water levels and keep roots submerged. Fields are irrigated using ... Read More »

Mid-South Extension, NRCS offer free loaner flowmeters

flowmeter

Several portable flowmeters are available as loaners free of charge for growers to use to check well output. Having well-production data is the first step needed to use Pipe Planner, a free online program that calculates hole placement and irrigation polytubing size for multiple inlet rice irrigation. Read More »

Water woes take top billing, regardless of where you farm

Vicky Boyd

For nearly eight hours recently, I listened to impassioned pleas from farmers, fishermen, politicians, environmentalists and the public about the California Water Resources Control Board’s proposal to nearly double the amount of free-flowing water in Stanislaus River tributaries. Read More »