ISSUE DATE: 10/21/2013
By Doug Rich
Irrigation is at the heart of the Hunnicutt family’s diversified crop portfolio and using water efficiently is at the heart of their irrigation management plan.
When you ask Brandon Hunnicutt what he and his father, Daryl, and brother, Zach, grow on their Nebraska farm he does not say corn he says corn products. In addition to commercial corn they grow popcorn for Preferred Popcorn in Chapman, Neb., and seed corn for Syngenta. Commercial corn can be grown without irrigation but it is a requirement for popcorn and seed corn.
“We have changed a lot in the last 10 years,” Hunnicutt said. “We had a lot more gravity flow irrigation at one time before we switched to center pivot irrigation.”
Hunnicutt said the change to center pivot irrigation was for increased efficiencies in labor and irrigation.
“We had seed corn on some of those fields and it was a hassle to move irrigation pipe three to four times for the different things we have to do for seed corn,” Hunnicutt said.
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