Variable Rate Sprinkler for Improved Irrigation and Chemigation Management

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 34424
Amount: $50,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1996
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 312, Soda Springs, ID, 83276
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mr. Rodney B. Wood
 Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
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Research Institution
Site Specific Crop Management (SSCM) is one solution to management problems caused by spatial variability with a field. In irrigated agriculture, spatial variability contributes to suboptimum irrigation managment resulting in inefficient water and chemical use and contamination of surface and groundwter supplies. A variable rate low pressure sprinkler has been developed for center-pivot and linear-move irrigation systems which will facilitate SSCM suing irrigation and chemigation. We propose to investigate performance of the sprinkler under field conditions. A program of field testing using a linear-move irrigation system to apply variable amounts of water and chemical according to an arbitrary map is proposed. The amounts of water and chemical applied to individual cells established in a field will be measured and compared to target amounts. The end result will be determination of the sprinkler's ability to achieve variable discharge while providing good application uniformity.

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