Subsurface drip irrigation use for large scale vegetable production

Farm Forum

BROOKINGS, S.D. – SDSU Extension will host a seminar focused on subsurface drip irrigation for large scale vegetable production at 4 p.m. (CST) August 18, 2016 at Rilling Produce in Pierre.

“Subsurface drip irrigation is a water efficient method of irrigation that can eliminate surface water evaporation and improve yields,” explained Ruth Beck, SDSU Extension Agronomy Field Specialist.

The tour is an opportunity for attendees to see how subsurface drip irrigation can be used for crop production. Crops being produced are tomatoes, sweet corn, melons and zucchini, however, subsurface drip irrigation can also be used for corn, soybean and other crops suited to irrigation.

Seminar speakers include: Mark Rilling, Owner/Producer, Rilling Produce, Pierre; Dr. Todd Trooien, SDSU Professor, Natural Resource Engineering, College of Ag & Biosciences; Steve Ludemann, and Ryen Reed, both of Morris Irrigation, Pierre.

This project is partially funded through the South Dakota Dept. of Agriculture’s Specialty Crops Block Grant Program with assistance Rilling Produce and SDSU.

Directions: From Wells Avenue (SD Hwy 34) in Pierre, turn north on to Garfield Avenue. Travel north 1.2 miles to Elizabeth Ave. (look for the blue “Super Wash” sign) Turn east on to Elizabeth and travel 0.5 miles. At end of pavement turn right on to gravel. Travel 0.3 miles. Park by shop.

From SD Hwy 14 turn south onto Garfield. Travel 1.5 miles and turn east on to Elizabeth St. Travel 0.5 miles to the end of pavement turn right on to gravel. Travel 0.3 miles. Park by shop.

No registration is required. Contact Beck with questions or for more information at or call 605-773-8120.