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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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The 2013 forage production season has now come to a close, and you may be wondering why the magazine features an article on irrigation management when no one is irrigating.

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Micro-irrigation, also known as drip irrigation, is the fastest-growing irrigation technology in the world.

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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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