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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: DRIP IRRIGATION MANAGEMENT CRITERIA FOR WATER CONSUMPTIVE USE, WATER CONSERVATION, AND ECONOMICS IN SOUTHEAST CROP ROTATIONS

Location: Peanut Research

2011 Annual Report


1a.Objectives (from AD-416)
Develop improved technologies for the use and management of drip irrigation in cotton, corn, and peanut rotations while increasing water use efficiency and water conservation.


1b.Approach (from AD-416)
Up to four in-field SSDI and S3DI (subsurface and shallow subsurface drip irrigation) research projects will be initiated in major row crop areas of Georgia. Sites will include USDA, University of Georgia (UGA), and cooperating farmers' fields. These projects will demonstrate drip installation, ease of use, water savings, crop yield response, and economics of both shallow and deep buried drip laterals. Plant growth, health, and maturation as well as soil moisture characteristics in various drip irrigation systems will be monitored, documented, and analyzed for grower technology transfer. Soil and plant nutrient values will be collected before, during, and after the growing season to monitor nutrient status and to predict crop yield when using drip irrigation. Pest pressures will be monitored and treatments imposed to identify best management practices for weed, insect, and disease challenges with drip irrigation. These studies will be conducted over a five year period contingent on appropriated funding.


3.Progress Report

This research relates to objective 2 of the inhouse project: Develop improved techniques for irrigation scheduling of surface drip irrigation for row crops and vegetables.

Four in-field SSDI and S3DI (subsurface and shallow subsurface drip irrigation) research projects were initiated in major row crop areas of Georgia. Sites included USDA, University of Georgia (UGA), and two cooperating farmers'. SSDI projects were installed in Brownwood and Midvale, GA. S3DI projects were installed in farmer’s fields in Watkinsville and Bostwick, GA. These projects will demonstrate drip installation, ease of use, water savings, crop yield response, and economics of both shallow and deep buried drip laterals. Plant growth, health, and maturation as well as soil moisture characteristics in various drip irrigation systems have been monitored, documented, and will be analyzed for grower technology transfer. At some sites the soil and plant nutrient values have been collected before, during, and after the growing season to monitor nutrient status and to predict crop yield when using drip irrigation. Pest pressures were monitored. These studies will continue contingent on appropriated funding.

Progress was monitored via phone calls and emails.


Last Modified: 9/23/2014
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