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Subsurface drip irrigation field day set Sept. 3 near Chillicothe


A "turn-row" field day will be held to observe and discuss subsurface drip irrigation research on Sept. 3 at the Texas AgriLife Research Station, south of Chillicothe off Farm-to-Market Road 392.

Dr. John Sij, AgriLife Research agronomist at Vernon, will begin the program at 9:30 a.m., with a welcome followed by the field tour.

In addition to the AgriLife Research personnel, growers, researchers, industry representatives and U.S. Department of Agriculture personnel will be on hand to discuss operating subsurface drip irrigation systems, costs, problems, successes and financial assistance.

Sij said the tour will include drive-by looks at cotton breeding research and production under furrow irrigation, as well as a comparison of furrow-irrigated wheat/cotton double crop and subsurface drip-irrigated wheat/cotton double crop.

Tour stops will be made at research plots to highlight crop rotation and tillage systems under excess and deficit irrigation, programming and control procedures, Natural Resources Conservation Service cost-share programs, nitrate crediting, forage production and stress-tolerant cotton varieties and wireless soil moisture monitoring.

Two general continuing education units will be offered, Sij said, and the tour will conclude prior to noon. For more information, contact Sij by phone at 940-552-9941 or by e-mail at jsij@ag.tamu.edu.

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