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Irrigation FAQs

How much yield benefit do we get from irrigation in Mississippi?

Any yield response depends on the management and timeliness of the irrigation. The following table displays accepted yield data for the major irrigated crops in Mississippi.


Accepted Yield Responses By Crop

Cotton 180 pounds of lint
Corn 50 to 180 (Average MS Yield is 90 bushels.)
Soybeans 15 bushels.
Grain Sorghum No good data.

 

How much water does it take for different irrigation systems?

Furrow--A minimum of 10 GPM per acre.

Flood--(Rice), 15-20 GPM per acre.

Border--A minimum of 10 GPM per acre.

Center Pivots--A minumum of 4.5 GPM per acre to put out a gross of 1 inch in 4 days.
(Many producers are upsizing to put out an inch in 3 days or 6.25 GPM per acre).

Towable Privots and Traveling Guns--A minumum of 5 GPM per acre total to by irrigated.

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How many acres of Mississippi crops are irrigated?

(This will vary from year to year)

Cotton 300,000 acres
Soybeans 350,000 acres
Corn 200,000 acres
Rice 250,000 acres
Other Crops 100,000 acres

 

When do you start to irrigate?

When you feel like an inch of rain would do some good and when soil moisture in the root profile reaches 50 percent depletion.

The critical stages for the different crops are:

 

Cotton Beginning bloom
Corn Eight leaf stage and very critical at tassel and silk
Soybeans Beginning bloom
Grain Sorghum Boot stage
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STONEVILLE, Miss. -- An irrigation specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service has gained national recognition for his outreach related to water conservation practices.

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STARKVILLE, Miss.-- A new online resource is helping agricultural producers find technologies to improve water conservation on irrigated land.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service is among four land-grant universities collaborating on this web page, which is available at http://surfaceirrigation.extension.msstate.edu. The page hosts dozens of publications and videos related to irrigation, as well as product demonstrations.

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STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The Mississippi State University Extension Service will offer multiple opportunities March 3-5 for Delta row-crop producers to get help with an important irrigation planning tool.

Filed Under: Irrigation April 23, 2019

STONEVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi State University agricultural leaders looked far and wide to find a new specialist to guide farmers with irrigation concerns.

Drew Gholson started April 1 as an assistant professor and the irrigation specialist with the MSU Delta Research and Extension Center and the Mississippi River Valley Alluvial Aquifer Water Center. He replaces Jason Krutz, who was promoted to lead the Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute.

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