The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service’s (ARS) will host field tours and demonstrations of its projects taking place at the Central Plains Limited Irrigation Research Farm next month.
The facility’s 2017 Field Day is set for Thursday, Aug. 3, at the research farm, located at 30900 Weld County Road 45 near Greeley (southeast corner of the intersection at Weld County roads 45 and 64). Tours will begin 9 a.m., with each tour taking about one hour, and the final tour starting at 11 a.m. Lunch will be provided.
The Field Day — sponsored by USDA-ARS, the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District and OgallalaWater — will highlight ongoing research that’s maximizing productivity with limited irrigation water and practices for monitoring and managing limited irrigation water.
Topics will include yield expectations with reduced irrigation; measurement of plant water stress; drought-tolerant seed varieties; using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or drones) for remote sensing and irrigation scheduling via canopy temperature; estimating consumptive use with deficit irrigation; managing and documenting consumptive use savings; and alternative ag-water transfer methods.