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Planning To Irrigate: A Checklist (AE92 Revised)

Installing an irrigation system on a piece of land requires a great deal of planning and a significant financial investment.

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Selecting a Sprinkler Irrigation System (AE91 Revised)

The four basic methods of irrigation are: subsurface irrigation (“subirrigation,” which uses tile drain lines), surface or gravity irrigation, trickle irrigation (also called drip irrigation) and sprinkler irrigation. Of the acres currently irrigated in North Dakota, more than 80 percent use some type of sprinkler

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Compatibility of North Dakota Soils for Irrigation (AE1637)

This publication is intended as a first step to help current and prospective irrigators understand the principles behind the irrigability of soils in North Dakota. This publication lists all the soils in the state with relevant properties and categorizes them as irrigable, conditional or nonirrigable.

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Soil, Water and Plant Characteristics Important to Irrigation (AE1675 Revised)

This publication will improve the ability to understand fundamental irrigation water management parameters.

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Care and Maintenance of Irrigation Wells - AE97

Effective irrigation is not possible without a reliable water source. In North Dakota, the availability of relatively shallow aquifers with high-quality water has spurred the development of irrigation in many areas. Irrigation wells must produce a high volume of water during the driest months: July and August. To maintain consistent, high production from year to year, a well requires annual maintenance, just like any other piece of valuable equipment.

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Irrigation Water Pumps (AE1057 (Revised)

A pump is the heart of most irrigation systems and if not maintained can use much more power than required leading to excess pumping costs and wasting electricity.

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Irrigation Water Sample Analysis (AE1360 )

The NDSU Soil and Water Testing Laboratory has been making soil-water compatibility recommendations since the early 1960s. These recommendations are based on the electrical conductivity (EC) and sodium adsorption ratio (SAR) determined on the irrigation water and the soil series present on the land to be irrigated.

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Questions About Subsurface (Tile) Drainage

Frequently Asked Questions About Subsurface (Tile) Drainage - AE1690

Installation of subsurface (tile) drainage systems in the upper Great Plains, especially the Red River of the North valley, has increased since the late 1990s. A wet climate cycle, along with increased crop prices and land values, are the major reasons this technology is being put to use. As a relatively new practice in this region, many questions are being asked about tile drainage. This publication attempts to provide some answers.

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Projected Budgets for Irrigated Crops Central ND

Farm Management Planning Guide Projected Budgets for Irrigated Crops Central North Dakota - EC1661

These crop budgets provide an estimate of cost and returns for producing various crops under irrigation. The budgets are developed for a multicounty region. Soil type and productivity, as well as weather conditions, vary considerably across the region. These budgets are intended to be used as a guide. Producers should develop their own budgets.

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Projected Budgets for Irrigated Crops Western ND

Farm Management Planning Guide Projected Budgets for Irrigated Crops Western North Dakota - EC1663

These crop budgets provide an estimate of cost and returns for producing various crops under irrigation. The budgets are developed for a multicounty region. Soil type and productivity, as well as weather conditions, vary considerably across the region. These budgets are intended to be used as a guide. Producers should develop their own budgets.

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Projected Budgets for Irrigated Crops Eastern ND

Farm Management Planning Guide Projected Budgets for Irrigated Crops Eastern North Dakota - EC1662

These crop budgets provide an estimate of cost and returns for producing various crops under irrigation. The budgets are developed for a multicounty region. Soil type and productivity, as well as weather conditions, vary considerably across the region. These budgets are intended to be used as a guide. Producers should develop their own budgets.

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Tile Drainage Pump Stations

Tile Drainage Pump Stations for Farm Fields - AE1747

Drainage pump stations are an expensive addition to a subsurface drainage project. This publication provides guidance on the design and location of drainage lift stations. This topic an be difficult to teach in typical Extension presentations, this publication provides more details.

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