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Irrigation Scheduling: Certain Strategies More Valuable Than Others

Clint Thompson Alabama, Irrigation, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson The best irrigation scheduling strategies can save vegetable farmers water and help maintain or increase yields, says Andre da Silva, Assistant Professor of Vegetable Crop Systems at Auburn University. He divides irrigation scheduling among six different ranks regarding implementation and effectiveness. Growers need to choose the best method to achieve the optimal results. The recommended methods are …

Irrigation Vital During Critical Periods of Vegetable Season

Clint Thompson Alabama, Irrigation, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson Hot and dry conditions mean irrigation is a must for Alabama’s vegetable and specialty crops. Joe Kemble, Alabama Extension vegetable specialist, implores producers to stay vigilant in ensuring their crops have sufficient moisture. “This is a critical period to make sure that we have ample water out there, to make sure we’re either getting good stands or …

Fertigation Advantageous for Farmers

Clint Thompson Alabama, Irrigation, Top Posts

According to Alabama Extension, fertigation has multiple advantages for vegetable producers that should make them implement this process for the upcoming seasons. The process of applying water and fertilizer through the irrigation system allows growers to apply the optimum amount of nutrients that a crop requires. If growers apply fertilizers via side dressing, there is a risk of leaching because …

Irrigation Vital During Critical Periods of Vegetable Season

Clint Thompson Alabama, Irrigation

By Clint Thompson Hot and dry conditions mean irrigation is a must for Alabama’s vegetable and specialty crops. Joe Kemble, Alabama Extension vegetable specialist, implores producers to stay vigilant in ensuring their crops have sufficient moisture. “This is a critical period to make sure that we have ample water out there, to make sure we’re either getting good stands or …

Overwatering is Bad Too

Clint Thompson Alabama, Irrigation, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson During hot temperatures and dry conditions, the first inclination for vegetable and specialty crop producers is to water their crops. But there is such a thing as applying too much water, says Doug Chapman, Alabama Extension agent for Commercial Horticulture in North Alabama. “If you do irrigate too much, you can get into some disease issues real …

When to Irrigate During Prolonged Dry Conditions

Clint Thompson Alabama, Irrigation, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson Irrigation is a key component of farming vegetables and specialty crops. With scorching temperatures and dry conditions expected for the foreseeable future, producers need to keep their crops watered to maximize yield production. Andre da Silva, Assistant Professor of Vegetable Crop Systems at Auburn University, said it depends on what type of irrigation systems that farmers have …

Irrigation Needs: What’s Needed During Prolonged Dry Periods?

Clint Thompson Alabama, Irrigation, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson If it’s not already, it’s about to be hot and dry in Alabama. With vegetable production well under way across the state, one word is on the minds of Alabama producers – irrigation. Eric Schavey, Regional Extension agent in Northeast Alabama, provides irrigation tips for farmers during prolonged dry periods. “Usually, the rule of thumb is around …

Irrigation Key in Managing Pests

Clint Thompson Alabama, Pests, Top Posts, Water

One of the first steps to conducting a sustainable integrated pest management system is timely irrigation. If plants aren’t watered adequately and on a timely basis, plants can become stressed, making them more vulnerable to insect pests, according to Ayanava Majumdar, Extension Professor in Entomology and Plant Pathology at Auburn University. He offers a few tips for water management in …