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ISSUE DATE: 10/21/2013

Soil sensors improve irrigation efficiency

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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Kansas Department of Agriculture conducts agricultural preparedness exercise
Kansas kids win statewide poster contest focused on improving traffic safety
Kansas to stop using federal food stamp grant
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Public comments requested on new food safety regulations
Quality Structures provides quality buildings
Report: U.S. combine sales plunge in September
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USDA announces cancellation, postponement of selected reports
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Annual tax schools scheduled
Canola meal website launched
Clinics set to help reduce pesticide mix issues
Council promotes U.S. corn to key Korean buyers
Evaluating your weed control program
Farm Science Review sees increased attendance, concludes on a high note
Farmers tour UAPB research projects
Get to know the OSU Wheat Variety Testing Program
Grain storage takes on greater importance this harvest
Grants awarded for Colorado specialty crops
Hydroacoustics technology makes waves in weed control
Iowa crop damage assessments delayed by shutdown
Iowa State Extension revises nutrient management recommendations
Irrigation company launches redesigned website
Kansas Rural Center to host Farm & Food Conference
Keep cover crops until spring to protect fields
K-State agronomy experts win awards
K-State hosts 7 former U.S. agriculture secretaries
McCook Farm & Ranch Expo set Nov. 20-21
Montezuma USD 371 receives $10,000 grant for water research
MU to hold 'Pearls of Production: Women in Agriculture' workshop
New MU app highlights Wurdack Research Center Field Day
NMSU chile expert in PBS 'Ask This Old House' segment
Rains help winter crops
Recent rains, snow good news for drought
Researchers clone a gene that regulates fruit size in vegetable, fruit crops
Rural Futures Conference to address rural health, other topics
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South Texas soil testing campaign to run through February
U.S. ships more wheat for WFP emergency operations to feed Syrians in need
Unwanted pesticide collections set in Wilburton, Kingfisher
USCP hosts seed tour in Texas Panhandle
USDA estimates record winter wheat crop in Arkansas
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Wheat Growers locations recognized for safety
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Blizzard takes toll on cattle industry
Cattle producers hear latest on herd bull selection at workshop
Cattle rustlers sought in Garvin County case
CHB LLC reports record volume in 2013
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Consumers can reduce risk of salmonella infection
Forums scheduled for livestock producers
Keep tips in mind when collecting, processing and storing colostrum
Keystone Hereford champions named
KLA Young Stockmen's Academy tours beef, dairy industries
Kniebel testifies at trichomoniasis regulation hearing
K-State Master of Agribusiness hosts Animal Health Industry Insights Seminar at K-State Olathe
K-State to host dairy symposium Oct. 23
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Maltbie exhibits Supreme Ewe at Tulsa State Fair
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Nebraska beef producers optimistic about coming year
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Students compete in National Beef Ambassador competition
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TAHC welcomes Lansford as assistant executive director
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U.S. Cattlemen's 'Bully for COOL' fundraiser slated to begin
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Apple harvest approaching
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National 4-H Hall of Fame inducts 16 laureates
National FFA Organization membership reaches 579,678 students
NILE Pro Rodeo action heats up Metra Park
One Day 4-H gives back to communities
'Simple and Seasonal' cooking class offers tastes of fall with health education

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