University of Delaware Irrigation Field Day

Wednesday, September 19, 2012      9:00 a.m.
UD Warrington Irrigation Research Farm
Corners of Rt. 5 and DE 290 Cool Spring Rd./ Hurdle Ditch Rd.
4 miles south of Harbeson, DE
(See map, signs will be posted.)

The University of Delaware Irrigation Program invites farmers, industry and the general public to tour UD’s Warrington Irrigation Research Farm on Wednesday, September 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 our 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.

For more information contact: Karen Adams at 302-856-2585 ext. 540