This week’s Cotton Newsline is 3 cuts. All cuts are Earl Vories, Ag Engineer with USDA-ARS.
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Cotton producers use precision agriculture to mange their inputs such as seed, fertilizer, and growth regulators, but most are still using a blanket approach to water management. Earl Vories, an agricultural engineer for USDA Ag Research Services, has been testing an irrigation pivot that allows for variable rate water applications.
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Vories says precision irrigation saves water and improves yields by customizing a pivot to the individual producers’ fields and isolating the areas that need moisture.
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As with any new technology, Vories says there are also potential problems with the variable application pivots.