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Limited Irrigation Field Day Sept. 22

By D. Bruce Bosley

CSU Extension Agent, cropping systems


Colorado State University is hosting a Limited Irrigation Field Day on Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to noon, 1 mile east of Iliff, Colo. This field day is open to all interested in learning more about practical research information regarding farming with limited irrigation resources. The research is sponsored by CSU and Parker Water and Sanitation District. The Lower South Platte Irrigation Research and Demonstration Project is now in its third year of study.

This research and education project addressing the agronomic and economic tools needed for maximizing the efficient use of water resources in irrigated agriculture. The project focuses on limited irrigation technologies for crops such as corn, wheat, sugarbeet, alfalfa. Additional projects focus on water use by alfalfa and grass hay crops and alternative crops like canola.

Researchers are collaborating with local farmers to evaluate approaches to water conservation such as alternative crop rotation, irrigation scheduling, timing and management, and crop residue management. Detailed water budgets are being assessed to document the potential water savings from a range in cropping approaches. Economic evaluations include both farm scale profitability analysis as well as projecting economic impacts at community, region, and basin scales for different scenarios of climate and water allocation.

The program includes field plot tours with researchers showing their work on limited water cropping systems. Annual field crops shown in the research include corn, sugarbeet, canola, wheat, and soybean. Two perennial crops are being studied as well: Alfalfa and 15 grass species and varieties. A talk is included on our weather station and public access to current data.

Contact Mike Stephens, project coordinator for details at 970-213-1065 or mike.stephens@colostate.edu.

The project sponsors are providing a complementary catered lunch served at noon.

Please contact me, Bruce Bosley about this or other cropping systems or natural resource topics at 970-522-3200 extension 285 at Sterling or 970-542-3540 at Fort Morgan.

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