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Micro-Irrigation Workshop/Demo Held in Geneva County

By Janie Howell, District Administrative Coordinator, Geneva County Soil and Water Conservation District, Geneva, AL


Farmers look at planting equipment.
Farmers get an up-close look at the new planting equipment to be demonstrated.

The morning dawned cool and damp as two big tractors put down plastic and planted vegetable plants behind the USDA Service Center in Geneva, Alabama.

In March about 40 people attended the Micro-Irrigation Workshop sponsored by the Geneva County SWCD/NRCS, Southern States of Geneva, and the Geneva County Cooperative Extension System.

The Geneva County SWCD purchased a Raised Bed Mulch Layer in 2008 and has purchased the plastic mulch lifter and planter equipment for 2009. This equipment helps farmers in Geneva County and surrounding counties to complete micro-irrigation practices under their Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) contracts, as well as other practices on their farms.

W. M. Donnell, Chairman of the Geneva County SWCD, welcomed everyone to the Demonstration. James Currington, NRCS District Conservationist, introduced William Birdsong, Agronomist; Neil Kelly, Horticulturist; and Brandon Dillard, Agronomist, with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. These specialists shared information with all attending on how to grow the best possible plants under plastic.

Zach Adams, NRCS Soil Conservationist, shared opportunities for Limited Resource Farmer Programs that NRCS offers. Mr. Henry Martin, Supervisor with the Geneva County SWCD, provided the land for the demonstration behind the Service Center.

All of the equipment used in the demonstration can be rented by calling 334-684-2235, extension 3. The District also has a No-Till Planter that can be rented. All of this equipment is designed to conserve soil and water on your farm.

Tractor laying plastic rows.

Plastic being laid before planter starts putting out vegetable plants.
Planting vegetable plants into plastic row. 

Vegetable plants being put in the plastic laid on the row.