Photos: A better way to irrigate cotton in Arizona?

Kevin Bronson and Kelly Thorp of the USDA's Agricultural Research Service in Maricop, Ariz. are in the third year of field tests to determine if the there is a better way to irrigate cotton in the Grand Canyon State other than traditionally flooding fields. Two separate field studies at the Maricopa Agricultural Center are testing two methods: an overhead sprinkler system guided by precision agriculture tools to place water only where needed and only how much is really needed in the field; and buried drip - a.k.a. subsurface drip irrigation.

Kevin Bronson and Kelly Thorp of the USDA's Agricultural Research Service in Maricopa, Ariz. are conducting field tests to determine if there is a better way to irrigate cotton in the Grand Canyon State other than traditionally flooding fields.

Field studies at the Maricopa Agricultural Center are testing two methods: an overhead sprinkler system guided by precision agriculture tools to place water only when and where its needed; and buried drip - a.k.a. subsurface drip irrigation.

Both fields have residue from a terminated rye crop to conserve water and reduce soil erosion. The rye was terminated before cotton planting.

You can learn about the trials online at:  http://westernfarmpress.com/cotton/ars-targets-next-generation-arizona-cotton-irrigation.

Enjoy these photos which visually demonstrate the sprinkler and buried drip field trials.  

 

 

 

 

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