Over the years a variety of projects have been developed here at the farm. Our soil bin was constructed several years ago and serves to teach students the forces associated with tillage tools traveling through compacted soil at various speeds, depths, and angles.
A concrete well and troughs were constructed with water flow rates of 360 gal/min to serve as a lab class in the study ofvarious irrigation flow rates via wier gates.
Over the past several years, ABE students and staff have planted 1.4 acres of corn in order to study the effects of fertigation, salinity, and water requirements. Water, salt, and fertilizer are fed to the plants in various amounts via pumps, manifolds, drip tape installed 11" below ground, and furrow irrigation.
Six boxes containing electrodes(+/- DC) and drip tape irrigation have been constructed for use in a study to control the migration of nitrates in soil. Timers and DC power supplies were also developed to control the application of current, water, and nitrates.
Four students and staff worked at the Maricopa Agricultural Center mounting a rail and computerized cart on a field linear irrigation system with will provide data on remote sensing for precision agriculture.
Recently students and staff refurbished a 1963 Ford flat bed truck and a 1952 Ferguson tractor which were used in the homecoming parade.