Water Technology Farms

  • ILS Farm: Crews of the Irrigation Co. check the connections of the center pivot system for the ILS farm. Three of the outer spans in this corn circle have both DragonLine and spray nozzles.
  • Roth Farm: Each of the four outer spans of this center pivot at Roth's farm have different modes of applying water to the corn field.
  • Willis Farm: A center pivot at Willis Farm converted to mobile drip irrigation or DragonLine irrigating a circle of milo. This field has an adjacent paired circle planted to milo but equipped with spray nozzles.
  • Willis Technology Farm
  • Willis Technology Farm
  • Water Technology Farm Tour - August 2, 2016
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  • Water Technology Farm Tour - August 2, 2016
  • Water Technology Farm Tour - August 2, 2016
  • Water Technology Farm Tour - August 2, 2016
  • Water Technology Farm Tour - August 2, 2016
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  • Water Technology Farm Tour - August 2, 2016
ILS Farm: Crews of the Irrigation Co. check the connections of the center pivot system for the ILS farm. Three of the outer spans in this corn circle have both DragonLine and spray nozzles.1 Roth Farm: Each of the four outer spans of this center pivot at Roth's farm have different modes of applying water to the corn field.2 Willis Farm: A center pivot at Willis Farm converted to mobile drip irrigation or DragonLine irrigating a circle of milo. This field has an adjacent paired circle planted to milo but equipped with spray nozzles.3 Willis Technology Farm4 Willis Technology Farm5 Water Technology Farm Tour - August 2, 20166 _8010014-27 Water Technology Farm Tour - August 2, 20168 Water Technology Farm Tour - August 2, 20169 Water Technology Farm Tour - August 2, 201610 Water Technology Farm Tour - August 2, 201611 Water Technology Farm Tour - August 2, 2016 - Dragon Line12 Water Technology Farm Tour - August 2, 201613
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A new type of farm has been established in Kansas with a primary focus on water conservation in addition to crops and livestock. - Press Release: Water Technology Farms Being Implemented in Reponse to Vision, June 23, 2016

Water Technology Farm FIELD DAY - August 2, 2016 - 10:00 AM
Press Release: Field Day Showcases Water Technology Farms - August 2, 2016

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K-State Research & Extension Schedule Field Days Related to Water Technology Farms & Irrigation Mngt.

August 19, 2016
10:00 a.m.
Steve Rome's Farm - Stevens County CIG* Field Day - 15 miles South of Ulysses along US Highway 25 - FLYER
August 23, 2016
8:30 a.m.
Colby - NWREC 2016 Fall Field Day - Just Add Water: Irrigation Science Today - FLYER
August 24, 2016
2:00 p.m.
ILS/WaterPACK Water Technology Farm - South of Larned (corner of C Road & 80th Ave.) - FLYER
August 25, 2016
9:00 a.m.
Garden City - SWREC Field - FLYER
August 30, 2016
9:00 a.m.
Roth/Garden City Company Water Technology Farm - West of Garden City (corner of Ritchel and Lowe Roads)
* NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant demo farm featuring three tillage plots with soil moisture sensors.

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2016 Growing Season Water Technology Farms

Three Water Technology Farms have been created recently in response to public input and identified in the Kansas Water Vision. They are demonstration farms that allow the installation and testing of the latest irrigation technologies on a whole field scale.

T&O Farms, LLC in Finney County consists of 10 sprinkler systems, four equipped with Dragon-Line™, which provides increased efficiency through precision irrigation by delivering water and nutrients directly into the soil instead of spraying the whole canopy and field, and four equipped with low pressure spray nozzles. Each field has two soil moisture probes. The systems are fully automated with water use, groundwater levels and moisture sensor data tied to a real time website. Technical oversight is provided by Seaman Consulting, Hugoton and K-State Research and Extension.  Donors: Kansas Water Office;United Sorghum Check-Off Program; Kansas Corn Commission;  Seaman Crop Consulting, SW KS GMD No. 3; Kansas Department of Agriculture: Conestoga Energy Partners; Teeter Irrigation; Dragon-Line; Helena; Kansas Geological Survey; Ogallala Aquifer Program; Syngenta; Hortau; Servi-Tech Expanded Premium Services, LLC; Kansas Farm Bureau; KSU Mesonet; AquaSpy; Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission; Crop Metrics; Netafim; Valley Irrigation; and Presley Solutions.

The Garden City Company/Dwane Roth Farm consists of the installation of Dragon-Line™ on a sprinkler system and will evaluate its effectiveness compared to spray and nozzles. The farm is unique as the water source is both ground and surface water. At this farm the irrigation companies were approached by the owner and asked to participate and contribute through in-kind donations of equipment or services. Donors: Kansas Water Office; Garden City Coop; American Irrigation; Teeter Irrigation and K-State Research and Extension

The ILS Farm is comparing Dragon-Line™, to regular spray nozzles on a higher volume well than those wells being studied in Finney County. A major supporter of funding for most of this project is the Water Protection Association of Central Kansas (WaterPack). Donors: Kansas Water Office; K-State Research and Extension; Kansas Corn Commission; WaterPACK; Teeter Irrigation; Pioneer Hi-Bred International; Western Irrigation Supply House and  Ag Systems, Inc.