Irrigation and Cropping Systems of Central Arizona

Tour will drive 40 miles south of Phoenix through the Gila River valley, which is the heart of Arizona's irrigated row cropping area of cotton, durum wheat, alfalfa, forage corn and sorghum.  First stop will be a Central Arizona farmer that has been a uses subsurface irrigation for cotton and alfalfa.  Second stop will be several linear-move overhead sprinkler fields of various crops on the Ak-Chin Indian Community Farms.  Third stop will be the 2000 acre, University of Arizona, Maricopa Agriculture Center.  Focus of the last stop will be University of Arizona-USDA-ARS collaborative field studies that utilize flood, subsurface drip and overhead sprinkler irrigation systems for cotton and durum wheat.  General, vital issues to western, irrigated, cropping such as water availability, irrigation efficiency, nutrient managment, soil organic matter, soil salinity, dust storms, conservation tillage, crop choices, and cover crops will be addressed. 


SSSA Division: Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition

Crop Irrigation Strategies and Management Community

Sunday, November 6, 2016: 8:00 AM-2:00 PM
Phoenix Convention Center North, Third Street Entrance

Kevin F. Bronson