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Center pivot irrigation in a cotton field during bloom in a period of intense heat

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. — As farmers prepare for the upcoming growing seasons, the early months provide opportunities for planning and professional growth before putting seed in the ground. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is offering two irrigation field days in February. The workshops are designed to provide support to farmers as they implement precision agriculture technologies to strengthen preplanting, in-season and harvest management strategies.

Brenda Ortiz, an Alabama Extension precision agriculture specialist, said the topics will allow producers to make plans for irrigation use with all of the latest research in mind.

“These workshops were planned with farmer needs in mind,” Ortiz said. “Both of the workshops were designed to provide the latest information pertaining to upcoming growing season needs, while catering to the needs of farmers in the area.”

Workshop Dates and Locations

Feb. 14

  • Aerospace Training Center
  • Calhoun Community College — 6250 US-3, Decatur, Alabama 35671
  • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Registration: https://rb.gy/z6cjxo

Feb. 23

  • Eastgate Park
  • 1949 Sanitary Dairy Road, Ashford, Alabama 36312
  • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Registration: https://rb.gy/2lll3z

Workshop Topics

Feb. 14 Topics

  • Use of Soil Sensors for Irrigation Scheduling (Drew Gholson, Mississippi State)
  • Impact of Irrigation Rates on Soybean Yield (Brian Leib, University of Tennessee)
  • Success Stories from Farmers Adopting Irrigation Best Management Practices (Farmer Panel)
  • Selecting the Right Pump to Increase Irrigation Efficiency (William Green, California State University)
  • Does the Summer Rain Meet Crop Water Demand (Brenda Ortiz, Auburn University)
  • Selecting the Right Sprinkler Package for your Irrigation System (Corbett Falgout, Nelson Irrigation)
  • Success Stories from the Adoption of Subsurface Tile Drainage (Ryan Baty, consultant)
  • Alabama Drought Reach Program (Brianne Minton, Auburn University Water Resources Center, and Lee Ellenburg, University of Alabama at Huntsville)
  • Updates on the Alabama Irrigation Initiative (Auburn University Water Resources Center)

Feb. 23 Topics

  • Irrigation Scheduling Apps (George Vellidis, University of Georgia)
  • Impact of Irrigation Rates and Irrigation Thresholds on Peanut and Cotton (Wesley Porter, University of Georgia)
  • Impact of Irrigation Rates and Frequency on Nitrogen Use Efficiency (Vivek Sharma, University of Florida)
  • Selecting the Right Pump to Increase Irrigation Efficiency (William Green, California State University)
  • Success Stories from Farmers Adopting Best Irrigation Management Practices (Farmer Panel)
  • Dos and Don’ts Selecting and Operating Irrigation Pumps (Jim Reid, Reid Brothers Irrigation)
  • N-Time: A New Solution for Fertigation on Row Crops (Jackson Stansell, Sentinel Fertigation)
  • Benefits of Drip Irrigation on Vegetable Crops (Andre Biscaia Ribeiro da Silva, Auburn University)
  • Update on the Alabama Irrigation Initiative (Alabama Water Resources Center)
  • Update on National Resource Conservation Service Programs to Support Best Irrigation Management (Jennifer S. Wells, NRCS)
  • Selecting the Right Sprinkler Package for your Irrigation System (Nelson Irrigation)
  • Success Stories Resulting from the Adoption of Best Irrigation Management (Cody Rhoades, Southern Ag Service)

Ortiz said irrigation service providers will also be in attendance to answer producer questions related to irrigation technology.

More Information

Each of the workshops will include a time to speak with irrigation companies in attendance. Learn more about the workshops by contacting Ortiz by email at bortiz@auburn.edu.