Articles Tagged with ''irrigation''


Tighter Canopies, More Stubble Help Dairy’s No-Till Transition

New Mexico grower Zachary Cordel and farm manager Nick Pipkin say grain crops are proving to be good soil holders, while reduced tillage and manure applications are building organic matter.
Zachary Cordel already appreciated no-tilling from his days on the farm with his father in Cocker City, Kan., north of Salina. During the 5 years Zachary spent at college, and a subsequent 2 years of missionary work, his father went from tilling fields on their farm to becoming excited about conservation and stewarding the land, and he's now no-tilled for 12 years.
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No-Till Could Save Huge Amounts of Water with California’s Drought Conditions, But it’s Still a Tough Sell in its Highly Diversified Cropping Areas

As of early spring, growers in California’s highly productive San Joaquin Valley didn’t expect to receive a single drop of surface irrigation water this year. That’s because of the “0 irrigation water allocation” posted by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation due to a lack of snow in the state’s mountain areas that would normally end up in canals as extremely valuable irrigation water.
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Bucking The Tillage Trend In An Alpine Desert

No-till practices are saving Colorado grower Billy Burns’ soils, and even helping his fields recover from a tragic herbicide mistake.
As no-tillers we are definitely an oddity here in the highly productive San Luis Valley of Colorado. While we strive to keep our acres covered and undisturbed, the farmers surrounding us move masses of earth with every crop.
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Sell The Plows, Selling Out To No-Till

Texas growers Todd and Brian Vincent rely on a large self-propelled sprayer, residue layers and mellow, absorbent soils to raise productive no-till cotton and wheat.

Nineteen years into no-till farming, Todd Vincent was convinced he would probably never plow again on his family’s 3,000-acre operation in the Texas High Plains, if it weren't for the howling winds accompanying a lingering drought.

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No-Till Could Ease Irrigation Woes

There have been many articles published about the dilemma facing growers in the Great Plains when it comes to irrigation. The challenge growers and decision makers face in preserving aquifers for agricultural use, without allowing them to be drained to unsustainable levels, is daunting. 

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