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Wood Lake, MN Field Day - August 22, 2017

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Oregon, IL Field Day - August 16

Corn + Soybean Digest

Drip irrigation adds consistent yields, fertilizer efficiency

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.

Seeking Fertilizer Efficiency

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2016 Yield Winners by State: National Corn Growers Association

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2017 Farm Shows

Find NutraDrip at a show near you!

Jan. 10-12

Topeka Farm Show

Topeka, Kansas

Jan. 25-27

Sioux Falls Farm Show

Sioux Falls, SD

Jan. 31 - Feb 2

Iowa Power Farming Show

Des Moines, IA

Feb 1-2

Columbus, NE Farm Show

Columbus, NE



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Spoon Fed Nutrient Plan

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2016 Yield Results

Combining water and fertility management for optimal results.
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Subsurface Drip Irrigation: 2016 Yield Results

Combing water and fertilizer manangment for optimal efficiency.

90 Bushels / Acre Drip Advantage: Baileyville, KS

2016 Drip Results: 250 Bushels per Acre Corn
2016 Dryland Results: 160 Bushels per Acre Corn


This 100 acre bottom north of Baileyville was installed in the fall of 2015, so this was the first growing season. An exceptionally hot and dry June stressed the area crops early.  This field has some of the tightest clay soil we have ever worked in. Typically it would crack open. By irrigating .1-.25" of water per day as needed, the moisture content stayed ideal all year.  N, K, and S were all injected during the growing season. We used weekly tissue samples, crop uptake charts and soil sampling to guide the fertigation plan.  Six different varieties where planted in this field. There was not a statistical difference in seed variety or soil type.  We look forward to building on our first year of success in this field!  All NutraDrip projects use quality Netafim products and expertise.  Netafim and NutraDrip join together to make drip irrigation work on your farm and become a partner in your success. 

59 Bushels per Acre Advantage: Denison, IA

2016 Drip Results: 289 Bushels per Acre Corn
2016 Dryland Results: 230 Bushels per Acre Corn

This field highlights the adaptability of drip irrigation. Lets start with field shape and topography. The yellow outline is the irrigated area.  Add 80' of elevation change, grass-back terraces, highly erodible soil, and a high PH (8.5+) and then you will have a taste of this field.  Rainfall in this area was never lacking with timely rains and very good dryland yields.  With drip irrigation we where able to take advantage of ideal growing conditions and spoon feed N, P, K, S and micro nutrients to optimize the return per seed, per unit of fertilizer, per acre of land and ultimately per dollar invested. Only 2.5" of water was applied in season. This 70 acre field was installed in the fall of 2015. Another 170 acres has been added this fall after this grower saw the benefits and understood that investing in the land he already owns and farms is a much better investment that buying more land. 

71 Bushels per Acre Advantage: Oregon, IL

2016 Drip Results: 311 Bushels per Acre Corn
2016 Dryland Results: 240 Bushels per Acre Corn

2015: 169 Bushel Advantage per Acre.

2015 Drip Results: 299 Bushels per Acre Corn
2015 Dryland results: 130 Bushels per Acre Corn

Repeatable results mean consistent production.  We have raised the yield bar on this odd shaped, rolling field.  This is the second year in a row for outstanding production on this sandy soil.  Intense nutrient management and optimum moisture control, validated  by weekly tissue samples, have provided a road map for success to build on.  After seeing the success on 100 acres in  2015, this grower chose to install the second 100 acres in the spring of 2016, in a field that would have fit a pivot.  After seeing the level of control drip irrigation provided to his nutrient program, he chose drip irrigation as the best investment for his operation.

76.2 Bushels per Acre Advantage: Morrill, KS

2016 Drip Results: 231.8 Bushels per Acre Corn
2016 Dryland Results: 155.6 Bushels per Acre Corn

For those who attended our field day near Morrill, this was the average advantage of the drip irrigated varieties. This 5 acre plot is half irrigated (left side of picture) and half dryland. The Pioneer varieties where planted straight through and then we irrigated and fertigated through the drip.  There were some planter issues and wind damage that limited  some of the varieties and were not usable for comparison.  See full results below.

 

Morrill, Kansas Corn Test Plot Results

All measurements are Bushels per Acre
Variety
P0589 - 
P1257 -
P1271 -
P1479 -
P1751 -
P0801 -
Advantage
87.6
73.8
71.6
66.8
74.0
83.5
Drip 2016
233.8
220.2
221.6
242.5
247.3
225.4
Dryland 2016
146.2
146.4
150.0
175.7
173.3
141.9
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Fall 2016 Events

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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!

 

Kurt

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Drip Irrigation: Oregon, IL

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.

 

Thanks!

Kurt Grimm

 

785-547-5209

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Morrill, KS Field Day

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Summer Operation

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.

Design Considerations for Subsurface Drip Irrigation

Many factors go into a well designed SDI system that will last for 20+ years.  Some of the big factors are listed below:

 

  • Field Size
  • Soil Type
  • Water Holding Capacity
  • Water Source
  • Water Flow: Best range is 1-5 gpm per acre.
  • Row spacing
  • Tillage Practices
  • Tile placement
  • Crops Grown
  • Future Crop Plans
  • Three Phase Power Availability
  • Desired Automation

Product Warranty

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
Disc Filters

5 Years

Water Meters: Bodies

5 Years

Valves: Bodies

5 Years

Steel Sand Media Filers

3 Years

Thinwall Driplines: 10,13,15 Mil Typhoon 630/875

2 Years

Thinwall Driplines: DripNet PC

2 Years

   

Please visit with your local rep to learn more about the parts warrantied on your SDI system.

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Fertigation & Agronomic Discussions

You are invited!     Thursday, February 25, 2016


           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 

 

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