The University of Delaware Irrigation Program invites farmers, industry and the general public to tour UD’s Warrington Irrigation Research Farm on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 9:00 a.m. UD Irrigation Engineer James Adkins along with Sussex County Agent Cory Whaley and Kent County Agent Phillip Sylvester will present the following:
- First year experiences with Subsurface Drip Irrigation (SDI)
Tour the newly installed 42 zone SDI research facility and discuss the potential of SDI to irrigate previously uneconomical fields. Join in a candid discussion of the benefits and challenges of SDI in sandy soils and the nuances every farmer should consider before installation.
- The Potential for Variable Rate Center Pivot Irrigation (VRI)
Discuss the feasibility, practicality and affordability of VRI as a tool to improve irrigation management in highly variable fields. View a demonstration of the UD 4 tower VRI system and the potential applications of VRI technology outside of irrigation research.
- Soil Moisture Monitoring as a Tool to Refine Irrigation Management
View many of the various options to monitor soil moisture levels with a discussion of the pros and cons of each option.
- Irrigated Corn, Full Season and Double Soybean Irrigation Research Plots
Discuss the preliminary results of multiyear irrigation research to improve the yields of irrigated agronomic crops.
Directions: University of Delaware Warrington Irrigation Research Farm is located at the corners of Route 5 and Delaware 290 (Cool Spring Road and Hurdle Ditch Road) just 4 miles south of Harbeson. Signs will be posted.
For more information contact: Karen Adams at 302-856-2585 ext. 540.