Tag Archives: Irrigation

Kellogg’s grant to Nature Conservancy helps fund irrigation timers

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As part of Kellogg’s Better Days commitment to support 1 million farmers by the end of 2030, the company is collaborating with The Nature Conservancy to provide efficient water irrigation resources to Arkansas rice farmers. Thanks to a $165,000 grant from Kellogg, The Nature Conservancy installed irrigation timers on 30 farms to manage water use on approximately 15,000 acres of ... Read More »

UArk plans virtual irrigation tour Sept. 10

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Mike Wood uses technology on his Cross County soybean and rice farm in Cherry Valley, Arkansas, to protect and improve water quality and help reduce water use. Computerized irrigation management, the use of soil moisture sensors and surge valve irrigation are just a few of the tools in use as part of his participation in the Arkansas Discovery Farms program. ... Read More »

Valley Irrigation acquires Mississippi-based PrecisionKing

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Valley, Nebraska-based Valley Irrigation has acquired the Benton, Mississippi-based ag-tech company, PrecisionKing, which focuses on moisture monitoring, pump control and remote sensing. “We are excited about this acquisition for many reasons,” says Darren Siekman, Valley vice president of water delivery and business development said in a news release. “It strengthens our footprint in the Mississippi Delta region and brings additional, ... Read More »

MSU hosts virtual soil moisture monitor showcase

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Row-crop growers and consultants now have an online resource for objective information on soil moisture monitoring systems. The Mississippi State University Extension Service and the National Center for Alluvial Aquifer Research have jointly launched a virtual showcase of 11 soil moisture monitoring systems currently installed at the Delta Research and Extension Center. This program is a part of the Row-Crop ... Read More »

Bragging rights

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UArk’s ‘Most Crop Per Drop’ contest encourages growers to try water-saving technology with prizes. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • For the past two years, the University of Arkansas has prodded growers of rice, corn and soybeans to try new irrigation technologies they might not otherwise use and to reduce water use smartly through its “Most Crop Per Drop” Contest. ... Read More »

Groundwater: out of sight but not out of mind

Vicky Boyd

Buried deep below the soil surface, groundwater may be out of sight. Increasingly, though, the natural resource is anything but out of mind. Several efforts, both voluntary and regulatory, are ongoing to try to reduce groundwater overdraft and increase recharge. How these will affect agriculture remains to be seen and may not be known for years to come. Arkansas completed ... Read More »

UArk launches 2020 ‘Most Crop Per Drop’ irrigation yield contest

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Do you think you know how to irrigate and stretch your water supply? If so, enter the University of Arkansas’ “Most Crop Per Drop” contest. Unlike regular yield contests that simply look at how many bushels you can produce per acre, this contest involves how many bushels you produce per acre-inch of water used. The winner may not have the ... Read More »

March 19 virtual field trip to address surface water irrigation issues

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As concerns over declining groundwater levels in Arkansas increase, some farmers have built their own reservoirs to ensure adequate irrigation for their crops. Groundwater use from the Mississippi River Valley Alluvial Aquifer, which supports the Arkansas Delta, has increased over the last century and the “majority of the increase is attributed to irrigation,” according to the Arkansas State Water Plan’s ... Read More »

Plan to attend an upcoming Arkansas irrigation school

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Arkansas crop producers who want to get better control of their water use during the 2020 growing season will have several opportunities through a series of irrigation and water management schools. Chris Henry, associate professor and water management engineer for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said the class size and curriculum of each school is designed for ... Read More »

Arkansas farm family strives to reduce rice’s carbon footprint

ben runkie, chris isbell

At the edge of Chris Isbell’s rice field, three miles south of Bayou Meto, the famous duck-hunting wetland, Ben Runkle tight-rope walks the narrowest of bridges, a one-by-12 plank spanning two cinderblock towers. He’s proud of the bridge, designed and built it himself, so he and his students can reach the meteorological tower on the other side of the field’s ... Read More »