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Irrigation Management Professional Development  

By cptp | 11:44 AM, 02/11/2015

Training will be a combination of webinars using distance education delivery and an in‐person workshop during the summer of 2015 to get practice using some of the tools discussed in the presentations.Who should attend:Extension agents, agricultural educators, land conservation department staff and NRCS staff.

This educational series will help participant to understand the basic equipment options for proper irrigation, how much water should be applied and when, how to prevent leaching, using an irrigation scheduling program, use of soil moisture sensors, testing to ensure uniform application of water, well testing to estimate energy efficiency of the pumping system and the basics of a drip irrigation system.

All webinars start at 9:00 AM on Tuesday’s and run 60‐75 minutes. A high‐speed internet connection is required.
March 10: Basics of Irrigation Systems and Water Resources
March 17: Soil Water Management and Basics of Irrigation Scheduling
March 24: ;WISP‐2012 Training
March 31: Irrigation testing, maintenance and energy use
April 7: Drip irrigation systems

The 1‐day workshop will allow participants to get experience doing some of the things discussed in the presentations. Participants will become familiar with different soil moisture sensors, installation methods and maintenance of sensors; participate in running an irrigation uniformity test and a well pumping test; setup a small drip irrigation system.

The workshops dates and location will be determine based on participants schedules but will likely be held at one of the UW Agricultural Research Stations that have irrigation systems in June or July. We will be using distance learning software as a platform and will be recording all lectures so those who have a conflict with the date or time can log on at their convenience to listen to the presentation. To register go to: https://uwmadison.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eXxhvC6nydstxzf If you have questions or problems registering, please contact Scott Sanford at sasanford@wisc.edu or 608‐262‐5062