MILAN, Tenn. – University of Tennessee Institute
of Agriculture researchers will present the latest in irrigation technology at
the Milan No-Till Field Day on Thursday, July 24.
“With all the irrigation being installed on Tennessee farms, we
know there’s a lot of interest in managing how water is applied to crops,” says
Chris Bridges, research associate, UT AgResearch and Education Center at
Milan. “We also know that different parts of a field need different
amounts of water, based on soil type, crop needs, and other issues.”
Bridges, along with other researchers at the AgResearch Center at
Milan, have been testing a Variable Rate Irrigation (VRI) system. It’s one
of the first of its kind in the state. VRI allows users to customize water
application based on topography information, soil data maps, yield data and other
When using VRI, farmers have the ability to “turn on” and “turn off” different
sections of an irrigation pivot as it moves across a field, so they can apply
water only where it needs to be. Users can also adjust irrigation rates
by changing the speed of the pivot. Once the VRI hardware and software are
installed, these changes can quickly be made from an office computer or
At the Milan No-Till Field Day, an entire tour will be devoted to this
subject. Justin Miller with Tennessee Tractor will discuss VRI options for
center pivots and demonstrate these devices on the AgResearch Center’s
pivot. Brian Leib, associate professor, UT Department of Biosystems
Engineering and Soil Science (BESS) will give a perspective on VRI in
Tennessee, and Shawn Hawkins, associate professor, UT Department of BESS will
cover variable speed pumps and pumping costs.
Attendees should board the designated bus in the tent area to take
the VRI Tour. Buses leave every 20 minutes beginning at 7 a.m.
Field Day registration opens at 6 a.m.
Milan No-Till Field Day begins at 7 a.m. on Thursday, July 24, at the
AgResearch and Education Center at Milan. There is no cost to attend. For
directions to the site, and to see the complete field day program, go to http://milan.tennessee.edu or
call 731-686-7362. You can also check out the Milan No-Till Facebook page
for the latest updates.
AgResearch and Education Center at Milan is one of 10 research facilities
operated by the UT Institute of Agriculture. In addition to its
agricultural research programs, UTIA also provides instruction research and
public service through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural
Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine and UT Extension offices in
every county in the state.
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