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High Plains Irrigation Conference set for Jan. 19

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The annual High Plains Irrigation Conference and Trade Show hosted by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service will be held Jan. 19 in the Regency Room of the Amarillo Civic Center, 401 S. Buchanan St., Amarillo. The program this year, which is jointly sponsored by AgriLife Extension and the Texas Agricultural Irrigation Association, addresses a wide variety of topics, said Nich Kenny, AgriLife Extension irrigation specialist. The registration fee will be $30, payable at the door only, and includes lunch.

Topics and speakers are:

--Information on John Deere Water, Keith Patterson, John Deere Water senior technical services manager, Memphis.

--AquaSpy: Capacitance probe irrigation scheduling, David Sloane, AquaSpy agronomist, St. Louis, Mo.

--Crop Metrics variable rate irrigation, Kevin Abts, vice president of sales and marketing, North Bend, Neb.

--Technologies in center pivot irrigation, Farris Hightower, Lindsay Corporation regional manager, Lubbock.

--Long- and short-term weather insights, David Brown, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Fort Worth.

--Tillage effects on water use, Rick Kochenower, Oklahoma State University, Goodwell, Okla.

--Texas Alliance on Water Conservation Lockney project, Justin Weinheimer, Texas Tech University, Lubbock.

--North Plains Groundwater Conservation District "200-12 Reduced Irrigation on Corn Demonstration," Harold Grall, Moore County producer.

--Economics of irrigation systems, Steve Amosson, AgriLife Extension, Amarillo.

--Efficient Profitable Irrigation in Corn or EPIC Project, Kenny.

--Drought tolerant corn research, Brent Bean, AgriLife Extension agronomist, Amarillo.

Five Irrigation Association certified irrigation designer and five certified crop advisor continuing education units will be offered for conference attendees, he said. The trade show will include booths from the irrigation industry, area groundwater districts and educational institutions, Kenny said.

For more conference information, go to the Texas Agricultural Irrigation Association website, http://taia.org or contact Kenny at 806-677-5600 or npkenny@ag.tamu.edu. For trade show information, contact Kern Stutler at 806-786-5644.



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