The Circle C Water Technology Farm is owned and operated by Steve Compton. The farm is located 8 miles west of Healy, Kansas off Highway 4 at the intersection with N Taos Rd.
The Water Technology Farm started with Steve's enrollment into a Water Conservation Area and the goal of maintaining production while increasing water use efficiency. The three fields that make up the farm have had field mapping completed to identify management zones and locate where soil moisture proves were to be installed. The large pivot is the site of some water application comparisons with different nozzle packages and variable rate irrigation. Aerial imagery is being collected to monitor the results and then evaluate the impacts of different water management strategies.
The farm has had soil field mapping completed to identify management zones and locate where soil moisture probes were to be installed to give the best representation of the fields. The larger (sectional) pivot is utilizing water application comparisons with different nozzle packages and variable rate irrigation. Aerial imagery is also being collected to monitor the moisture and yield results and then compared to the different water management strategies in different areas over the season. Overall there are several technologies being utilized including EC soils mapping of all fields, soil moisture probes, variable rate irrigation, iWobs and Bubbler nozzles, and aerial imagery.
The Scott County Circle C Water Technology Farm is based on a 15 year Water Conservation Area (WCA) with three 5 year periods, which add flexibility to water use over the term of the WCA. The WCA includes a 10 percent reduction of water use and the ability to rollover any unused quantity to future years, creating a tool that can be used for multi-year water and cropping planning purposes. Water not used in a wet year is able to be rolled over and used in a future dry year. More information about WCA's can be found here.