Registration and Event at:
14401 S. 700 W
Wanatah, IN 46390
(It is not too late to join, but please let us know if you are coming.)
Kurt Grimm farms in northeast Kansas, where average rainfall is 28 inches, but variable weather stress still eats into valuable yield. “With irrigation, we are able to raise the bar on yields from 160 to 240-260 bushels per acre consistently, year after year,” he says.
Ten years ago their farm was less than 5% irrigated; today it’s about 25% with desire to go higher. Currently they have 500 acres of pivot irrigation and 50 acres of drip. “We're going to install more drip in the years to come as grain prices improve. And we have to build ponds and reservoirs to irrigate since we cannot drill for water,” Grimm says.
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Find NutraDrip at a show near you!
Topeka Farm Show
Sioux Falls Farm Show
Sioux Falls, SD
Iowa Power Farming Show
Des Moines, IA
Columbus, NE Farm Show
We are hosting a field day here in Northeast Kansas. The pork chops will be great and might be worth the drive!
Here are some other dates and locations that may be closer to you and will get more details out as we get closer.
August 4th, Becks Seed, Effingham IL. We installed this system this spring and they are testing water efficiency with pivot vs drip vs tile sub irrigation. This is the local field day for the regional Beck’s plot
August 18th, University of IL, Champaign, IL. Dr. Fred Below has a wealth of knowledge and is always great to hear what he is learning with his drip system.
August 19th. Dan Luepkes field day, Oregon IL. Dan is in his second year of drip with 200 acres in the ground. He achieved 300 bpa yields last year and is looking at even higher yields this year! This will be a great opportunity to see the potential with SDI. 100 acres corn and 100 acres soybeans
August 30th-Sept 1st. Farm Progress show. Visit us in the Netafim booth.
Sept 2nd, Kelly Garret, Denison IA. Kelly has a challenging site in the Loess Hills of EC IA. The 74 acre site will show the adaptability of SDI, and how we can drive yields higher even in the rain fed corn belt.
Sept 3rd, (tentative) Tony Bosch, Steen, MN. This is the first year for this 80 acre system. Details in the works.
Sept 13-15th. Husker Harvest Days. Visit us in the Netafim booth.
Hope to see you along the way!
Join us for a field day on Friday, August 19th, 2016 at the Dan Luepkes farms, just south of Oregon IL. I think it will be worth your drive. Bring neighbor, friend, crop adviser, etc.
A bit about the site….
We installed 100 acres for Dan on a cut-up property in the winter of 14/15. He planted it all to corn in 2015 and averaged 300 bpa! We went back this spring and installed another 100 acres. This year his goal was even higher. He did have some pollination issues so won’t be breaking records, but looks to be higher than last year. The new system we installed this spring is in soybeans so this is a great opportunity to see both corn and soybeans. We plan to have a root pit on the corn to view the interaction of roots and tape. The field is very sandy. Dan pumps out of a small reservoir that he built on a stream running through his farm.
We plan to spend an hour or so at the field and then head to town for lunch and will spend an hour or so on the agronomy that goes along with drip irrigation. To give you a taste, we have developed a nutrient guide that is customized for every field and gives us a weekly guide for fertilizer needs. We follow that with weekly tissue sampling to verify if our plan is on target and make real time adjustments to the nutrient plan. These tissue samples give us a trend of what the nutrients are doing.
We have a lot of information to share and would love to see you there. If Friday doesn’t work, there is also a field day on Thursday the 18th of August at University of IL, Champaign. Dr Fred Below will be showing off his work with SDI and the trials they have in research plots. Also will be at Farm Progress, Husker Harvest, and field days at Denison IA on Sept 2nd and Sioux Falls SD on Sept 3rd.
NutraDrip can help you operate your system. This works best if you have chosen the automated version of controlling your system. We install soil probes to monitor moisture throughout your field. These help us decide when to start and stop watering. Fertigation is also managed based on factors such as soil tests, target yield, and crop uptake. We can check tissue samples of the crop to identify potential limiting nutrients. Other factors that we can monitor remotely include water flow and pressure.
Many factors go into a well designed SDI system that will last for 20+ years. Some of the big factors are listed below:
Many of the parts we use in our SDI Systems come with manufacture warranties from Netafim. They include the following:
|Air Vents: Nylon||5 Years|
|Water Meters: Bodies||
|Steel Sand Media Filers||
|Thinwall Driplines: 10,13,15 Mil Typhoon 630/875||
|Thinwall Driplines: DripNet PC||
Please visit with your local rep to learn more about the parts warrantied on your SDI system.
Tim Wolf, Crop Application Specialist with Netafim will cover developing an agronomic plan for drip irrigation. We will also discuss soil moisture probes and fertilizer selection, calibrating your injection pump and other considerations for optimizing your yield with drip irrigation. Feel free to bring your crop consultant, agronomist, or any others interested in drip irrigation.
February 25, 2016
10:00 a.m. - Noon
Meet at: Pederson Seed
900 S 1st St.
Hiawatha, KS 66434