Project Details:

Title:
Promoting Irrigation Water Management for Soybeans

Parent Project: Promoting irrigation water management for soybeans
Checkoff Organization:Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board
Categories:Water quality & management
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Project Year:2021
Lead Principal Investigator:Chris Henry (University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture)
Co-Principal Investigators:
Leo Espinoza Guzman (University of Arkansas)
Paul Francis (University of Arkansas)
Terry Spurlock (University of Arkansas)
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Project Summary

GOAL: Demonstration and technology transfer of irrigation water management practices on grower fields. Compare yield and water use differences to document the efficacy and improved profitability of conservation practices. Develop recommendations for surge irrigation and soil moisture sensors. Disseminate information to growers, consultants, and end users through U of A Extension meetings and workshops.

Project Objectives

GOAL: Demonstration and technology transfer of irrigation water management practices on grower fields. Compare yield and water use differences to document the efficacy and improved profitability of conservation practices. Develop recommendations for surge irrigation and soil moisture sensors. Disseminate information to growers, consultants, and end users through U of A Extension meetings and workshops.

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Benefit to Soybean Farmers

VALUE TO SOYBEAN INDUSTRY: To date, 122 participants have attended the surge school and 149 attended the soil moisture schools for a total of 840 contact hours. Surge irrigation respondents reported moderate to substantial learning (99%) in hands-on exercises. In the soil moisture sensor schools, 87% reported moderate to substantial learning on how to assemble and install soil moisture sensors. Over 180 irrigators are using this app to interpret soil moisture sensor readings. The sap flow component of this project is providing key data that is being used to provide better termination
recommendations for soybeans. Poly printer has been developed to aid implementation of Computerized Hole Selection.

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