MANHATTAN – Tours of two farm sites that feature implementation and comparison of some of the latest irrigation technology are scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 24 near Larned, and Tuesday, Aug. 30 near Garden City.
Each site features center pivot systems equipped with mobile drip irrigation (MDI) water application systems that use micro irrigation drip hoses attached to the center pivot drop lines and one or more common irrigation nozzle systems traditionally used in that particular area. Soil sensor technology and ET (evapotranspiration) based irrigation scheduling are also used.
The Larned site tour on Aug. 24 starts at 2 p.m. at ILS Farms and consists of two center pivot irrigated quarters. The tour stop will be near the corner of the intersection of C Road and 80th Ave. or about six miles northeast of the intersection of US Highways 50 and 19. The site is three miles east of US Highway 19 on C road.
The Roth Farms near Garden City is located within the Garden City Company farm holding, and is the site of the Aug. 30 tour, starting at 9 a.m. It features a center pivot equipped with three different water application systems, including MDI. Spacing between the application methods vary. The site is near the intersection of N. Ritchel and W. Lowe Roads, about two miles north of US Highway 50. The farm is two miles west of the Garden City Coop elevators on Big Lowe Road.
K-State Research and Extension is partnering with public and private entities, including agriculture- and irrigation-related companies, producer associations, water agencies and farm owners and managers to establish the two farm sites and host the tours. The sites are also championed by the Kansas Water Vision Plan to focus on implementing irrigation technology to help extend the life of irrigation from a depleting water supply.
Using water as efficiently as possible in crop production will also be in focus at K-State Research and Extension field days Aug. 19 in Stevens County, Aug. 23 in Colby and Aug. 25 in Garden City.
For more information, contact Jonathan Aguilar, water resource engineer with K-State Research and Extension at 620-275-9164 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. All events are free.