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The Irrigation Research Foundation is located 1 1/4 miles north of Yuma, Colorado on Highway 59. Yuma County is central to the Golden Plains area of northeastern Colorado. The Golden Plains covers 40% of the state, of which a majority sits atop the Ogallala Aquifer.
The Golden Plains has always been a leader, not only in Colorado but nationwide in agricultural productivity. The Ogallala Aquifer allows this area to be one of the most intensely irrigated areas in the entire nation, each year producing large yields of corn, alfalfa, beans, potatoes, sorghum, sugar beets, sunflowers and wheat.
The Irrigation Research Foundation provides research cooperators an opportunity to develop extensive studies on a variety of soil types, water and fertilizer applications, different hybrid varieties of various crops, and low energy costs to produce the maximum amount of net income per acre.
At the IRF site, there are five (5) Reinke pivot systems covering a total of 227 acres. Each ran by Reinke RPM computerized touchscreen panels, a lateral system that covers 33 acres, dryland which covers 30 acres, and a drip irrigation system covering 3 acres. All of this works from the same deep (1) well and each sprinkler can be operated independently enabling 4 to 5 different crops to be watered individually. The Irrigation Research Foundation is unique in that the soil ranges from light sandy soil to a heavy sandy loam.
The Irrigation Research Foundation has also been selected by Monsanto as a Center of Excellence with our Limited Water / Strip-Till studies and for our commitment to the conservation of the Ogallala Aquifer.
The IRF farmed a total of 301 acres in 2014 and 2015.
Pivot A runs a Reinke pivot system installed in 2006, and covers 28 acres.
Pivot B runs a Reinke pivot system installed in 2013, and covers 28 acres.
Pivot C runs a Reinke pivot system with Variable Rate Irrigation (VRI), installed in 2014, and covers 36 acres.
Pivot D runs a Reinke pivot system installed in 2017. This is a half (windshield wiper) circle which covers 9 acres.
Pivot E runs a Reinke pivot system. This is also a half circle which covers 6 acres.
Field F runs a Drip Irrigation System, and covers 3 acres.
The Lateral runs a Reinke system installed in 2007 and will be undergoing some upgrades for the 2018 season, and covers 33 acres.
Dry Land is 30 acres of dry land.
Newbanks Circle runs a Reinke pivot system, and it covers 128 acres.
40161 Highway 59
Yuma, CO 80759
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