Subsurface Drip Irrigation Field Day Sept. 3 at Chillicothe, Texas

Field day will cover many aspects of subsurface drip in wheat and cotton.

Published on: Aug 31, 2009

By Kay Ledbetter



A "turn-row" field day will be held to observe and discuss subsurface drip irrigation research on Thursday, Sept. 3, at the Texas AgriLife Research Station south of Chillicothe off Farm-To-Market Road 392.


John Sij, AgriLife Research agronomist at Vernon, will start off the program at 9:30 a.m. with a welcome, followed by the field tour.


In addition to AgriLife Research personnel, growers, researchers, industry representatives and USDA personnel will be on hand to discuss operating subsurface drip irrigation systems, costs, problems, successes and financial assistance.


Sij says the tour will include drive-by looks at cotton breeding research and production under furrow irrigation, as well as a comparison of furrow-irrigated wheat/cotton double cropped, and subsurface drip-irrigated wheat/cotton double cropped


Tour stops will be made at research plots to highlight crop rotation and tillage systems under excess and deficit irrigation, programming and control procedures, Natural Resources Conservation Service cost-share programs, nitrate crediting, forage production and stress-tolerant cotton varieties and wireless soil moisture monitoring.


Two general continuing education units will be offered, Sij says, and the tour will conclude prior to noon.


For more, contact Sij by phone at 940-552-9941 or by E-mail at

- Kay Ledbetter is with Texas A&M Agricultural Communications, Amarillo.