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Irrigation Workshops Set for December

Irrigation played an important role in crop yields in 2012.

The North Dakota State University Extension Service is holding irrigation workshops Dec. 6 in Bismarck and Dec. 18 in Williston.

The Dec. 6 workshop is in the Grand Pacific Room at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck. A highlight will be a presentation on developing an irrigation water supply using horizontal wells in a shallow aquifer.

Other topics will include remote monitoring of flow rate, agronomic irrigation basics, irrigation scheduling, potential irrigation development in North Dakota, the economics of irrigated forage and cattle production, the NDSU soil health initiative, irrigated land rental rates and pumping plant efficiency tests.

Registration is at the door and will begin about 8 a.m. The cost is $20.

This workshop is being held in conjunction with the North Dakota Water Users Association convention, which will include an irrigation exposition at which suppliers display their products and services. The NDSU Extension Service, Missouri Slope Irrigation Development Association and North Dakota Irrigation Association are sponsoring the workshop.

The Dec. 18 workshop is in the Ernie French Center at the NDSU Williston Research Extension Center just west of Williston on U.S. Highway 2. This workshop is for experienced irrigators in the area.

A highlight will be a presentation on weed herbicide resistance. Other topics will include dealing with soil salinity, flow and pressure relationships of center pivots, sprinkler uniformity, pump testing, overall irrigation development in the Mondak region, remote water monitoring and an update on Nesson Valley irrigation research.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. No registration fee is required.

“What a difference a year makes in terms of precipitation,” says Tom Scherer, NDSU Extension irrigation/water quality specialist. “Since August of 2011, most of North Dakota has been in various levels of drought. This has led to increased interest in irrigation. For the past few years, we have had adequate or too much precipitation. However, this year, the farmers with irrigation saw a significant impact on the yield."

Irrigation provides more consistent crop production on a year-to-year basis, allows longer-season crops (such as corn, potatoes and soybeans) to be grown, provides a consistent supply of forage for animal operations and diversifies the farm enterprise, he adds.

For more information on the workshops, contact any county Extension office or call Scherer at (701) 231-7239.

NDSU Agriculture Communication - Nov. 21, 2012

Source:Tom Scherer, (701) 231-7239,
Editor:Ellen Crawford, (701) 231-5391,
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