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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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Before you forget about irrigation for this year, consider the following management practices to prepare for next season.

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It is the time of the year to winterize. Often next year’s irrigation start-up problems are winter damage that can be prevented.

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People are arriving home from work in the late afternoon, turning on their washers, dryers and ovens. Demand for power is peaking, so a utility puts in a call to a big farm: “Can you postpone irrigating your hay for a couple of hours?”

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Roger and Shelley Barton own and operate Barton Farm in Ferron, Utah. The Bartons farm 120 acres of alfalfa and mixed grasses used for horse hay. They irrigate with a center-pivot irrigation system.

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Water is a crop input that seems to fall free-of-charge from the sky. But specialists at Syngenta say there are definite costs associated with water, whether it comes directly from rainfall or through irrigation.

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Mature, healthy and productive alfalfa stands have developed an extensive crown and root system, enabling the crop to withstand adverse climatic conditions such as drought.

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