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Irrigation And Fertigating Technology For Row Rice, Going For Climate Smart 300 BPA
Presented by: Dr. Chris Henry, Associate Professor & Water Management Engineer, University of Arkansas
A novel system has been developed to improve the furrow irrigated rice production system. A yield gap of 16 BPA currently exists between FIR and flooded rice production systems. A pit-less pump system is being used to fertigate UAN and liquified urea in an effort to close the yield gap, reduce greenhouse gas emission, reduce water use, and reduce fertilizer use. Cover crops successfully improved the yield of FIR when strict no–till was used. Significantly higher yields were achieved in 2022 compared to every 3-day irrigations (10–24 BPA penalty), suggesting that water availability and delivery to FIR may be the main component of the yield penalty. The highest yield (192 BPA) was a result of cover crops, no–till and daily fertigation using the pit–less pump system. Daily fertigation of nitrogen delivered by the pit–less system shows promise in reducing greenhouse emissions and providing a mechanism to minimize nitrogen cost and easily addressing nutrient deficiencies mid–season.
Sensors Help Achieve Most Crop Per Drop
Presented by: Chad Render, Arkansas Farmer
After several years of using his own observation as a means of determining a plant’s stress, Render began using moisture sensors, and he learned he had been over–watering. Following the sensor’s direction, he has found the extra water he was adding didn’t provide a better yield. Now with the sensors, he’s using less water and maintaining the same yields. Render was raised on the family farm in Craighead County. He received his bachelor’s degree in business from Arkansas State University and moved to Jefferson County in 1999 to begin farming on his own. He operates a 6,300-acre farm, raising rice, corn, soybean, wheat and black oats. “I’m happy to be an Arkansas farmer,” he says. Render is the first and only farmer in Arkansas to win 1st place in every crop division (corn, soybeans, and rice) of the Arkansas Most Crop per Drop Irrigation Contest.