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Irrigation

Discover the latest irrigation systems, technological advances and practices to help you get the most from your water supply.

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A problem facing many irrigation managers is that they would like to apply less water per irrigation, but can’t.

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Both water management and irrigation system maintenance can help maximize forage production with a limited water supply. Currently, in Idaho, reservoir storage is low, giving little carryover water to augment a potentially short snow year.

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Researchers at UC Davis have developed a wireless wetting-front monitoring and a cellular communication system for use in flood-irrigated alfalfa and other surface-irrigated crops. Using individually numbered wireless sensors placed in the field, water arrival to a specific location is detected.

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Irrigation has enhanced corn production significantly in the U.S. over the past several years. However, concerns have increased about the sustainability of irrigated corn acres during a time of declining surface and groundwater supplies as well as increased pump costs.

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In semi-arid environments such as Utah, water is one of the most limiting factors to crop production and the single-most important factor influencing plant growth and crop yields.

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In 2003, Terry and Linda Ketterling started TLK Farms, Inc. and TLK Dairy, Inc. along with their son Tony Ketterling and daughter Launa Fowler.

As Terry put it, “I bought a dairy to learn about dairy.”

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