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ISSUE DATE: 10/17/2011

Squeeze more water from every unit of energy

By Doug Rich

Over the next 20 years energy costs are estimated to grow by 70 percent and crop production will need to double to meet global demand for food. Energy-efficient irrigated crop production will be a necessity.

The correlation between energy and water is significant. But the easiest way to visualize that correlation is to imagine carrying 5-gallon buckets of water up a hill to irrigate a crop. Carrying fewer buckets requires less energy.

Efficiency

"Producers need to determine what is the minimal amount of water needed to meet the demand of that plant and then determine what is the most efficient way to deliver that water," said Andy Smith, national accounts manager for Reinke. "First and foremost you have to choose a technique or delivery method that is in fact the most efficient."

Smith said the cardinal rule of irrigation efficiency is to make sure the system is applying water in a uniform manner. People tend to irrigate to the weakest portion of the field. If there is a bad spot in the field producers will compensate by over irrigating the rest of the field until that particular portion of the field's needs are met.

"It is not difficult for us to send a pivot system out the door that will have a true efficiency of 96 to 98 percent," Smith said.


NEWS

Ag groups applaud passage of FTAs
Ag losses from drought top $2 billion
Bioenergy researcher recognized
College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources to host open house
E. coli scare prompts Tyson to recall ground beef
Extension associate receives Secretary of Year Award
Farm Bureau names vice president
Farm to School program thrives in its second year
Food Dialogues bring ag producers together via satellite, Twitter
Forecasting: Fact or fiction?
Inaugural Heuermann Lecture focuses on sustainability
Kansas links more listeria cases to cantaloupes
Learn QuickBooks for small business
Meeting to focus on 'Overcoming the 2011 Weather'
Obama sends three pending FTAs to Congress
OSU biosystems engineering teams earn national honors
Policy Academy initiative will boost innovation, growth
Radon Action Week set for Oct. 17 to 24
Salina to host Rural Opportunities Conference
Salina to host Women in Ag program
Stock for drought and plan for opportunities
Study shows promising health effects of soy protein
Sun Grant offers funding for biobased energy
USDA's Ag Air Quality Task Force meets with producers, scientists
Using cameras for aerial color infrared photography
Wildfire burns 40 square miles in central Neb.

CROPS

Ark. winter wheat has strong finish
Beltwide Cotton Conferences offer insight on growing cotton
Biodiesel industry applauds USDA advanced biofuel payments
Check for armyworms in wheat, canola
Corn, soybean marketing forum to convene
Cotton Board makes donation to U.S. troops in Iraq
Deadline for commodity commission petitions Nov. 30
Determine nitrogen needs of winter wheat
Drought affects some smart-irrigation controllers
Drought deepens in Arkansas
Dryland corn plot results released
Dusting in wheat not business as usual this fall
Field day will assist new ag producers
Glandless cotton research appears promising
Goss's wilt disease spreads
Iowa State to host Ag Career Day
K-State center mapping wheat genome
Local specialty food groups receive grants
Managing tillage operations
MAST program helps producers develop management skills
Missouri Corn announces new leadership
Solar modules gain new ground
Soybean checkoff awards USB research fellowships
Squeeze more water from every unit of energy
Sunflower harvest progresses
'Tailgate Talks' to feature current events in ag
Taiwan commits to two-year wheat import deal
Wichita Farm and Ranch Show begins Nov. 8
Winning the battle against borers
Workshops empower farmers, ranchers

LIVESTOCK

'Beef Bucks' to appear on 'Wheel of Fortune'
Beef conference to help producers improve profits
Cattle drive follows historic trail, provides a glimpse of history
CDA announces 6 locations positive for bovine trich
Celebrate Food Day with Miss America Teresa Scanlan
Consider 'precision' diets for dairy cattle
Distributing manure for maximum effectiveness
Field day to focus on anaerobic digesters
Horse courses part of San Antonio International Farm & Ranch Show
Kansas livestock stakeholders gather to discuss future of industry
Lightweight cattle on feed an economic force
Missouri Recipe serves up quality beef
National Barrow Show Swine Judging Contest winners named
NDA reminds producers of import requirements
Painting donated to benefit Jersey Youth Academy
Saluting Iowa's pork producers during National Pork Month
Sheep symposium set for Oct. 20
Stockgrowers welcome new executive director
Systematic feeding strategy needed to get through forage shortage
Tell your story as a beef producer
Temple Grandin scholarship announced
USDA lifts bovine tuberculosis restrictions in N.M.
Using a preconditioning program with calves
Will Feed honored by CAB

EDITOR

Bye, bye commodity title
Down a country road
United Horsemen: Slaughter bans would increase horse suffering, kill jobs

COLUMNS

Everyone needs an identity
Just a scoop full
Sequester something
System improves accuracy in air seeding
The record book routine

MARKETS

Amarillo auction report
Apache cattle sales report
Arkansas weekly livestock summary
Beneficial rains offer hope for planting
Colorado auction summary
Corn harvest starting to pick up
Dalhart cattle sales report
Dodge City cattle sales
Ericson-Spalding livestock sales
Farmers make progress on harvest
Ft. Smith livestock sales
Georgia weekly auction summary
Grain market close
Grain, soybean bids slight to moderately higher
Ideal week for harvest
Joplin cattle sales report
Kansas hay trade moderate
Kansas receives much-needed rain
McAlester livestock sales report
Most hay classes selling steady
New Mexico receives much-needed rain
North Arkansas livestock sales
OKC West cattle sales report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt livestock sales report
Rain slows soybean harvest
Salina livestock sales report
San Angelo cattle sales
Seeded wheat and oat fields need rain
Significant soybean harvest progress
Spring wheat harvest wrapping up
Springfield livestock sales report
Tulia cattle sales report
Tulsa cattle sales report
Warm, dry conditions followed by cool, wet conditions
West Plains regional sales report
Winter wheat planting almost complete
Woodward cattle sales report
Wyobraska cattle sales report

RANGE

Culling herds may save hay, money
S.D. court asked to reinstate prairie dog lawsuit

FAMILY

4-H scholarships created with $1M gift
A year-round hub of happiness
AgriLife Extension names new 4-H specialist
Become a Master Gardener
Coffee can do more than keep you on your toes
Donations needed for Fort Dodge Wreaths Across America project
Drought-scorched trees not necessarily dead
Garden tips for October
Groups plan to restock Mo. ruffed grouse numbers
Helpful household tips
Keep bats out of home
Lilac simple and open
Master Gardeners to host Fall Gardening Workshop
Meditation for 10-17-11
National FFA Convention to be streamed live online
NILE rodeo tickets on sale
Sundae funday
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Turning leaves signal tree-feeding time
Volunteer tax preparers needed
Winterize home, reduce energy bills

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