What is in this article?:
- Irrigation scheduling workshop set for Feb. 28 in Shorter, Ala.
- Heavy investment in technology
• Profitability is the critical concern for most farmers.
• But as farmers gear up to feed an estimated 9 billion people by mid-century, another all-consuming concern will be optimizing water use.
Helping Alabama row-crop producers get the most out of the irrigation technology they are adopting in ever-increasing numbers is the purpose of an upcoming Irrigation Scheduling Workshop, which will be held Feb. 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the E.V. Smith Research Center Conference Facility in Shorter.
The morning session will begin with a presentation by Dale Monks and Brenda Ortiz of Auburn University and Diane Rowland of the University of Florida addressing not only why producers should irrigate, but also why they should schedule irrigation.
Following their remarks, Mark Dougherty, associate professor of biosystems engineering, will present a segment titled “Irrigation Scheduling 101, which will cover the basic principles of irrigation scheduling.
Later in the morning, Dougherty and Calvin Perry of the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will supply some answers to the question: “How Much and When to Irrigate?” They will discuss different irrigation scheduling methods now available to address this issue.
Perry will finish the morning with a discussion on sensor-based irrigation — the use of different soil moisture sensors available to determine when to irrigate and at what levels.
After lunch, Diane Rowland of the University of Florida will discuss how to schedule irrigation based on prime acclimation and growing degree days.
This will be followed by a hands-on learning activity in which participants will learn how to collect soil moisture data for irrigation scheduling.
Later in the afternoon, Rowland and Marshall Lamb of the National Peanut Research Lab will introduce participants to a couple of irrigation scheduling computer programs now available.
A question and answer session will follow.