establishing realistic yield goals

Cheap schemes to increase yield

There are some valid production practices that will add dollars to a farmer’s pocket, and they are cheap. In fact, they cost nothing except for the doing. Crop prices are set, and set low. The only way to make money is to bring the cost of production down. Going cheap doesn’t have to be a…

runoff under low pressure central Pivot irrigation

Runoff under low pressure center Pivot systems

Reduced low pressure center Pivot irrigation systems can use one-third less energy than their high-pressure counterparts. But they also may increase irrigation water runoff and soil erosion unless properly sited and managed, according to a four-year study by the University of Nebraska. The study concluded that reduced low-pressure center Pivots increase the rate that irrigation…

dry-wheel pack

Center Pivot operation

In recent years the systems used for automated control of center Pivots have dramatically increased in sophistication. How to improve center Pivot operation Pivot controls One way to improve center Pivot operation is upgrading from a mechanical control panel to a programmable panel. Growers can also incorporate mobile management tecnology that allows control panels to be…