Arkansas Irrigation Yield Contest: "Most Crop per Drop"
The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture has been demonstrating Irrigation Water Management Practices on cooperator farms for five years. Experience has shown that when applied effectively water use can be reduced by 24% on average with no yield penalty. Reductions in water use of around 40% have been documented. The adoption rate of Computerized Hole Selection is over 40% indicating that this is now a mainstream practice in Arkansas.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions related to the contest or call 870-673-2661.
Deadline for entry form is June 30, 2018, meter will need to be sealed before first irrigation, call 870-243-2604 or 870-673-2661 to request meter seal at least 5 days before.
2018 will be the first year of the Arkansas Irrigation Yield Contest and the contest is designed to test the knowledge and ability of growers to produce the “Most Crop per Drop.”
- $10,000 seed tote credit for first place winner in rice, sponsored by Ricetec
- $10,000 cash for the first place winner in corn, sponsored by the Arkansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Promotion Board
- $10,000 cash for the first place winner in soybeans, sponsored by the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board.
- $1,333 in additional cash from Irrometer and Delta Plastics for each winner
- $9,152 in products from P and R Surge, DamGates, Mccrometer, and Irrometer.
$20,485 in total for each winner in corn, soybeans and rice
Other corporate sponsors include Delta Plastics ($2,500) and Irrometer ($1,500). All winners will receive a manual reader and three watermark sensors courtesy of Irrometer ($325). Each winner will also receive a P & R Surge Systems, Inc. Valve and STAR controller valued at $3,256. Each winner will receive a 10" Mccrometer portable flow meter with a FS-100 flow straightener, valued at $2,271. Each Winner will also receive a Triad, DamGates 10" surge valve valued at $3,300. Additional cash and products will be distributed among the winners. More sponsors are expected to contribute to the final award.
Rules and Entry
Producers may participate in the contest by identifying and irrigating a 30 acre field where water use using a propeller meter or other meter approved by the UADA contest staff is used to measure water use in the irrigated field. Yield is measured by harvesting 3 acres in a skip pattern. Harvest must be completed top to bottom of the field. See rules below.
Entrants should read the contest rules carefully as the contest is similar to a yield contest but requires water use to be measured in addition to yield.
How to Enter:
- Complete the entry form,
- Send a check made out to the University of Arkansasand entry form for $100*
- Locate a portable flow meter or have in-place meter approved for use in the contest. Meter must only be used to measure water use during contest. Meters will be sealed to the irrigation system.
Contestants are officially entered only after their entry form has been received and processed by the UADA. Entry forms must be postmarked within 10 days of meter sealing, and no later than June 30th, 2018. Incomplete entry forms will be disqualified. Contest field locations must be entered on entry forms and boundaries of the field must be identified before any irrigation event, including the flushing of rice fields. The supervisor must certify the beginning meter reading on the entry form.
*A $100 entry fee is required. This fee will be used to defray the cost of travel for Supervisors for harvest. Make entry fee checks out to the University of Arkansas.
Who can enter?
- Entries are for Rice, Soybeans, and Corn irrigated fields only.
- Contestant must be a certified FSA owner/operator of the entry plot and the field must have a history of being irrigated.
- A copy of the FSA Form 578, including farm summary, must be submitted with the contest entry form.
- Contestants may not enter more than once per crop and per season.
- Contestants must be 18 years old at the time of entry.
- University of Arkansas employees and spouses are prohibited from entering the contest.
- Board members, employees, spouses of the Arkansas Rice Research and Promotion Board,
Arkansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Promotion Board, and the Arkansas Soybean Promotion
board are prohibited from entering the contest.