Subsurface drip irrigation tape below this alfalfa field delivers water pumped from an onsite storage pond through irrigation ditches.
Flood irrigation is a common way to water alfalfa fields. The method is less efficient due to water evaporation.
Heavy clay soil cracks after it dries from flood irrigation. This is one reason why Steve Maddox is moving to SSDI for alfalfa irrigation.
Maddox dairy in Riverdale, Calif. includes 3,300 cows and 2,000 acres of alfalfa to meet feed requirements.
Steve Maddox Jr. uses the latest technology, including a weather station connected to a subsurface drip irrigation system to water some of his alfalfa in central Fresno County, Calif.
Steve Maddox Jr., of Riverdale, Calif., uses subsurface drip irrigation in part of his alfalfa crop. He is seeing improvements in yield, in alfalfa stand quality and in weed control.
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