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.
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.
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