Research Demonstration Sites Wanted
We are always looking for farms that would like to participate in our grant research projects. Advantages are:
Free irrigation systems in the research demonstration areas
Leading edge irrigation technology that should equate to higher yields and lower inputs
Measurement equipment on both the research area and control area
Soil moisture meters
ETo monitoring stations
Software data collections and analysis
Best practices specific to your soil type and farm operation
Detailed data on the performance of your farm, including the control group, the research areas and farms of equal soil types
In some cases, we can also offer farm insurance that will protect the revenue stream at current yield volumes during the research
Area of our research programs:
Water efficiency use:
Water distribution patterns such as water capillary plume height and width: The research focuses on different type of soils and their behavior when creating an artificial water table with the new Aquifer Pipe category.
Water loss prevention to deep percolation: Goal of this area is to measure the optimal inflow of water while avoiding water loss to deep percolation.
Water loss to evaporation: Focus is on the soil evaporation levels. Current USDA measures all soil from the surface down to the natural aquifer as the critical zone. The research is to determine and label new layers in the soil, measured by soil evaporation effects.
Ground water charging (year-round): The Aquifer Pipe is placed below the root zone, thus enabling water recharging year round. This study focuses on the amount of water that can be recharged throughout the year.
Root profile changing: Research is measuring the time a tree takes to change its root profile. Past studies have shown 4 months for mature trees. This research is looking at the changes in depth and vertical growth.
Tree blow over prevention, wide and deep root growth: This research is looking at increases in forces needed for blow over orchard trees due to deep root growth. The project is interested in both older growth trees and newly planted. For the old growth trees, we need orchards that will be replaced in 2 to 3 years, since many of the trees will be measured on the forces needed to push over. For the new planting orchards, this is a long-term project spanning 10 years+ to measure the percentage of blown over trees verses a control group.
Weed reduction/prevention (organic and non-organic): The research focuses on the depth difference effects on weed growth. It is anticipated that weed prevention will start at 6” depth; however, due to soil types and their capillary actions, these depths may need to be increased to avoid weed seed germination.
Fungicide reduction/prevention (organic and non-organic): With the decrease in soil moisture, it is anticipated that the available air humidity will decrease significantly enough to avoid fungi outbreaks. This research focuses on the correlation of surface irrigation and humidity in the air.
Energy reduction/elimination with gravity flow irrigation: Aquifer Pipe category is a gravity flow system. At optimal operation, there is no need for booster pumps and their energy consumption. The research has multiple segments:
Gravity flow optimization: The most effective use of seep holes to assure 3-mile-long pipe runs.
Energy shifting effects: Agriculture uses the most energy during the highest peak season (midday summer.) The research looks at the effects of demand shifting to night for a gravity flow system.
Energy Reduction: The energy savings at both the transport of water to the field and the water irrigation, when water efficiencies are increased. This research will look at both transport processes (irrigation district supplied water/nexus, and ground water pumping).
Indirect Energy Savings: From the use, long life cycle irrigation Aquifer Pipe, verse short life span drip tape.
Fertilizer reduction due to sequestering: Fertilizer is needed for optimal growth. Current uses consider fertilizer application losses due to volatile air interaction, soil filtration and loss to runoff. This research is measuring the Aquifer Pipes capability of eliminating these loses by avoiding exposure to air, sequestering within the virtual water table zone for long periods and run off elimination in a close system.
Steer manure tea application for organic growing: Research is looking at the optimal use of steer manure seep in water and applied in the Aquifer Pipe. The pipe has large ¼ seep hole emitters to avoid clogging from high sediment lace waters. The goal is to find the best practice on using steer manure in a liquid tea fertilizing application.
Green House Gas Reduction: This area of study focuses on three areas of greenhouse gas reduction:
The diversion of post-consumer plastic in the manufacturing of the pipe. What is the greenhouse cost compared to using virgin material in the Aquifer Pipe manufacturing? The displacement of disposable plastics when long term irrigation (85yrs.) is used. What is the close loop of recovery and recycle features of the Aquifer Pipe at end of life?
Labor maintenance savings: Drip, micro sprinklers and tubing all require visual review each time irrigation is begun; this is due to pest nesting in the tubing and clogging when charged. The labor cost of riding on 4-wheel buggys daily can be significate for a farmer. The research is studying the maintenance procedures on the Aquifer Pipe and the labor delta between current practices..
Send email of interest to: Info@DroughtDietProducts Subject Line: Demonstration Field