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Fluid Journal : Summer 2017
14 The Fluid Journal Summer 2017 The Fluid Journal • Official Journal of the Fluid Fertilizer Foundation • Summer 2017 • Vol. 25, No. 3, Issue #97 Drs. Terry A. Tindall and Galen Mooso Summary: Increasing nutrient efficiency with drip irrigation compared to sprinklers is of substantial interest to potato producers and input suppliers. There has been an increased level of communication and is proposed that the drip experience be expanded into a larger field area. We are looking forward to scaling this project up and beginning to seriously answer questions of value and economics associated with drip irrigation on processing potatoes. Potato production is at the heart of the J.R. Simplot Company and our company’s success, in this part of our agribusiness endeavors, speaks volumes for who we are as a company and how success, in many aspects, is measured. Potato and soil fertility and irrigation management are the two single most important inputs for producing high yields and high quality tubers that are needed for potato processing contracts for Simplot’s own facilities, as well as potato processing plants owned by other companies. Delivering nutrients has been a part of potato management needs since potatoes were first domesticated. Combining irrigation water with proper nutrition allows Soil Fertility, Irrigation Keys to Potato Production ▼ DOWNLOAD Absolute essentials in producing high yields and quality tubers. greater efficiencies that go beyond either one of these inputs by themselves. Simplot is in a unique position, more so than any other company in the world. This stems from the complete integration of resources from mining to fertilizer manufacturing and importing fertilizers, wholesale and retail fertilizer distribution, farming activities, and eventually process and distribution of the finished potato products to key customers as French- fries, hash browns and other consumer potato products. While Simplot has rich heritage in the world of potato production, we are still interested in doing a better job with efficiencies when it comes to production. This includes fertilizer components as well as irrigation management strategies to be more responsible with limited natural resources. We are also more profitable as we balance environmental components that we rely on so heavily in “Bring Earth’s Resources to Life.” Drip irrigation, along with the ability to inject fluid fertilizer products through irrigation lines, is a developing area of potato management strategies. Drip potato evaluations began in 2014 with cooperation of the University of Idaho Parma Research Station and the J.R. Simplot Company as well as in 2015 with Netafim Drip Irrigation Company whose