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Reinke Irrigation offering Workshop at SC Agribiz & Farm Expo

Reinke Irrigation offering Workshop at SC Agribiz & Farm Expo

The second annual South Carolina Agribiz & Farm Expo coming up January 16th and 17th offers several workshops and other opportunities to learn about new production practices. Mike Mills, southeast territory manager with Reinke Irrigation will be offering one the workshops on Friday morning:
“We will be exploring some of the new technologies that have encouraged and mechanized irrigation water application. We have center pivots static in terms of structure in the last 30 years but have had tremendous strides in the types of technology that is available for control, maintenance and operation. We will explore all those technologies, how they work, what benefits they bring and what opportunities are available to make those operators more effective and efficient.”

High priced corn brought many southeastern producers to irrigation, but with corn prices softening over the past few months, Mills says, thus far demand for new irrigation systems has softened as well:

“We have seen a little softening but its still too early to tell. We have had some other activities going on with late planting and harvest and that is pushing folks back in terms of making decisions. With that and the holiday, we are still confident that things will be positive in North and South Carolina.”

In addition to utilizing a center pivot system for fertilizer application, Mills touches on some of the other topics of his workshop:

“We are seeing a stronger demand for what we call an objectable. It could be anything from fertilizer to another nutrient or a soil additive. That will be sideline to what we are talking about with our technology- having the ability to control that using things like GPS, remote monitoring and other computer based operations.”

Soil testing and monitoring is becoming more of the norm, and having more than one soil test a year isn’t unusual. Mills says soil monitoring technology is in its infancy with irrigation systems:

“That is available with some specific irrigation systems but that content is still in its infancy with a lot of kinks to work out. We see that as a technology opportunity for the center pivot industry.”

Southeast territory manager with Reinke Irrigation, Mike Mills. His workshop will be at the South Carolina Agribiz & Farm Expo on Friday, January 17th at 10:30 am at the civic center in Florence.

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A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.