With 54 inches of annual average rainfall, most wouldn’t think Annie Dee needs irrigation on her 4,000-acre farm. But often the rain shuts off in late summer and isn’t available during the critical developmental stages of corn — costing her operation yield and income.
“Year after year, we would get a good stand of corn growing, fertilize it well, get it all the way to tassel and then the rain would shut off,” the Aliceville, Ala., no-tiller explains. “It actually rains very little during the critical stage of corn development for yield.”
Dee installed an advanced irrigation system on 3,000 acres of her operation, including a reservoir that collects runoff, high-efficiency pumps, variable-rate irrigation and utilization of Lindsay’s FieldNET program that ties together different technology platforms on her farm.
Dee will detail the technologically advanced water management practices she’s implemented, along with the return on investment she’s seen after implementing irrigation in 2011 to water crops at critical growth junctures to increase yields.
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