Project Technical Bulletin Now Available Here!

This practical "how-to guide" provides guidance on using conservation tillage under furrow irrigation to growers, crop consultants, and public sector practitioners. This guide incorporates 4 years of field research done near Fort Collins and years of work done on the Western Slope as well as wisdom and experience of local farmers practicing conservation tillage.

 

Welcome

Our mission is to improve water quality, to reduce irrigation-induced soil erosion, and to enhance crop productivity through adoption of bundled nutrient management, conservation tillage, and irrigation management practices in furrow-irrigated cropland.

PLANTING AND EARLY GROWTH - Emergence of seedlings in a strip-tilled field HARVESTING - Harvesting Silage TILLAGE - Conventional Till (right) vs. No Till (left) TILLAGE - A conventionally tilled field TILLAGE - Strip Till (right) vs. No Till (left) PLANTING AND EARLY GROWTH - Planting PLANTING AND EARLY GROWTH - Planting in a strip-tilled field PLANTING AND EARLY GROWTH - Planting in a field managed with conservation tillage PLANTING AND EARLY GROWTH - Close-up of a strip-tilled field after planting PLANTING AND EARLY GROWTH - Young plants in a conservation-tilled field IRRIGATION - Furrow irrigation under conservation tillage IRRIGATION - Furrow irrigation under conservation tillage IRRIGATION - Irrigating the Minimum-till field IRRIGATION - Irrigating the Strip-till field CROP DAMAGE - Goss's Wilt on a minimum-till field CROP DAMAGE - Hail Damage OUTREACH - Field Day OUTREACH - Field Day OUTREACH - Field Day OUTREACH - Visiting Seaworth Farms OUTREACH DATA COLLECTION - Water going through a flume DATA COLLECTION - Water going through a weir DATA COLLECTION - Watermark Reader DATA COLLECTION - Watermarks DATA COLLECTION - Measuring the crop FERTILIZING AND CONTROLLING WEEDS - Side dressing the no-till field FERTILIZING AND CONTROLLING WEEDS - Hand Spraying for research on herbicide infiltration FERTILIZING AND CONTROLLING WEEDS - Applying Herbicide HARVESTING - Harvesting grain corn HARVESTING - Harvesting Silage HARVESTING - Harvesting Silage HARVESTING - Harvesting Silage HARVESTING - Harvesting Silage POST HARVEST - After Bailing POST HARVEST - After Bailing POST HARVEST - Bail action POST HARVEST - Before chopping at the ground POST HARVEST - Behind the bailer


Project Goals and Outputs

  • Field demonstration and evaluation of conservation tillage systems
  • Documentation and comparison of cropping inputs, including energy, fertilization requirements, weed control, labor, and equipment costs between tillage systems
  • Comparison of water quality (N, P, and sediment) in runoff between systems
  • Monitor crop, water, and soil conditions in each system
  • Economics of conservation tillage systems
  • Utilization of dynamic and innovative outreach mechanisms