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Subsurface irrigation is researched at Warrington Farms

The benefits and efficacy of subsurface irrigation, an alternative to the more common Center Pivot system, is being evaluated by researchers and scientists at the University of Delaware. At the 18-acre Warrington Farm in Harbeson, James Adkins, UD irrigation scientist, has overseen the installation of 44 different zones of irrigation tape placed under the soil 16 inches deep and 30 inches apart on the farm. One row of subsurface irrigation tape will irrigate two rows of crops. The irregular shape and different soil compositions at the farm make it an ideal subject for subsurface irrigation research. Corn and soybean are grown on the farm.

View our slideshow to watch as this innovative system is put in place. Note, opening and playing the slideshow in Flickr and selecting Show Options, will provide captions.

Extension scientists review soil moisture sensors with area farmers

James Adkins, associate scientist for Irrigation Engineering demonstrates the pros and cons of various soil moisture sensing equipment available to farmers. The 3-hour workshop is one of several held at the Carvel Research and Education Center in Georgetown. After the demonstration, Adkins and Cory Whaley, Sussex County agriculture Extension agent, discussed how to interpret the data collected by the various instruments. For more information about soil moisture equipment and irrigation topics, please contact Adkins at 856-2585 ext 588.