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Water + Energy Progress Awards identify and spotlight innovations in energy efficiency and water conservation on Kansas farms and ranches.  We will continue to add resources with each new case study, so check back often!

No-till can save water, pumping crops

Date Added: Sep 03, 2013

Cover crops can save water and energy through reduced pumping costs for irrigators. “Irrigated crops grown in no-till may require three to five inches less water from rain or irrigation than those grown under conventional tillage”


>> Category: No-Till 
>> Case Study: Dale Strickler Darrin Unruh Gail Fuller 

Managing Cover Crops in Conservation Tillage Systems

Date Added: Sep 03, 2013




>> Category: Cover CropsNo-Till 
>> Case Study: Dale Strickler Darrin Unruh Gail Fuller 

USDA NRCS, Soil Health Key Points

Date Added: Sep 03, 2013

The NRCS campaign, “Unlock the Secrets of Soil,” focuses on the benefits and methods of improving soil health. Soil Health Key Points provides basic facts on soil health and provides a path to improving soil health and sustainability. A Soil Health Management plan is a great way to focus efforts. It saves energy by using less fuel and maximizing nutrient cycling. It saves water and increases drought tolerance through increased infiltration and water holding capacity. It improves income s


>> Category: Cover Crops 
>> Case Study: Dale Strickler Gail Fuller Darrin Unruh 

Save Soil, Nutrients, Money with Cover Crops

Date Added: Sep 03, 2013

References to SARE studies on the benefits of cover crops


>> Category: Soil HealthCover Crops 
>> Case Study: Dale Strickler Darrin Unruh Gail Fuller 

Soil Quality and No-Till

Date Added: Sep 03, 2013

No-till improves soil quality in both the short - (five years) and long-term (20 or more years). No-till with crop rotation allows soil forming processes to proceed. Benefits compound each year that the soil remains undisturbed. Crop rotation and diversity accelerate the rate of change. This chapter covers the improvements of soil quality. Soil qualities enhanced by no-till affect organic matter, water infiltration, structure, temperature, bulk density,


>> Category: Soil HealthNo-Till 
>> Case Study: Dale Strickler Darrin Unruh Gail Fuller 

Conservation Practices that Save: Crop Residue Management: Save ENERGY, Save MONEY

Date Added: Sep 03, 2013

“Conservation tillage systems have at least 30 percent of last year’s crop residue on the soil at planting. Residue adequately controls erosion by both wind and water, among other conservation benefits.
A producer can save at least 3.5 gallons of fuel per acre by going from conventional tillage methods to no-till. At November 2005 diesel prices, this amounts to $7.70 per acre in production cost savings. On a farm with 1,000 acres of cropland, these savings add up to 3,500 gallons of


>> Category: Cover CropsNo-Till 
>> Case Study: Dale Strickler Darrin Unruh Gail Fuller 

Plenty of Positives with No-Till System

Date Added: Sep 03, 2013


No-till is a conservation system that provides environmental benefits without having to take the land out of production. Such benefits include increasing wildlife habitats, storing carbon, increasing soil organic matter, improving soil quality, preventing runoff and erosion, increasing infiltration, conserving soil water, and reducing fuel consumption.
from No-Till Farmer


>> Category: No-Till 
>> Case Study: Dale Strickler Darrin Unruh Gail Fuller 

SDI, the Basics of Successful Systems

Date Added: Nov 14, 2013




>> Category: Irrigation 
>> Case Study: Dale Strickler Wendell Nicholas & Eldon Schmidt 

Advantages and Disadvantages of Sub Surface Drip Irrigation

Date Added: Nov 14, 2013




>> Category: Irrigation 
>> Case Study: Dale Strickler Wendell Nicholas & Eldon Schmidt 

Advantages and Disadvantages of Sub Surface Drip Irrigation

Date Added: Nov 15, 2013




>> Category: Irrigation 
>> Case Study: Dale Strickler Wendell Nicholas & Eldon Schmidt 

The grass really is greener on the other side of the fence.

Date Added: Nov 20, 2013




>> Category: Perennials 
>> Case Study: Dale Strickler 

Water Conservation in Irrigated Agriculture: Trends and Challenges in the Face of Emerging Demands

Date Added: Feb 05, 2014




>> Category: Irrigation 
>> Case Study: Dale Strickler Richard Wenstrom Sheridan 6 LEMA 

SDI, the basics of successful systems

Date Added: Aug 28, 2014




>> Category: Irrigation 
>> Case Study: Dale Strickler Mark Eitel Wendell Nicholas & Eldon Schmidt 

Iowa's NRCS: No-Till Will Preserve Soil Moisture For Next Year

Date Added: Aug 28, 2014




>> Category: No-Till 
>> Case Study: Dale Strickler Darin and Nancy Williams Darrin Unruh Gail Fuller Lucinda Stuenkel Mark Eitel