Workshops on irrigation techniques scheduled
Hands-on training in proven strategies for maximizing ag water efficiency while minimizing cost will be held Nov. 7 to 9 at the Rio Grande Center for Ag Water Efficiency near Harlingen, Texas.
The two workshops--designed specifically for irrigation district personnel and producers - are offered by the Texas Project for Ag Water Efficiency, a project managed by the Harlingen Irrigation District with funding from the Texas Water Development Board.
--District Technology Enhancements (Nov. 7 to 8) is geared toward irrigation district personnel, managers and directors, and government agency employees. Topics include introduction to SCADA and other hardware in telemetry systems; automated gates powered by wind and solar; soil moisture monitoring; and calibration & metering water in open channel and closed pipe.
--On-Farm Irrigation Advances (Nov. 9) is designed for ag producers and will cover low- or no-cost irrigation techniques and technologies to improve yields and boost net farm income. Topics include irrigation scheduling, basics of soil moisture management, using evapotranspiration networks, narrow border flood irrigation, and more.
A nominal registration fee covers the costs of lunch and materials. To register, visit www.TexasAWE.org or call Heather Jones at 956-423-7015.
Texas AWE is a 10-year project focused on affordable and achievable methods for conserving water by integrating on-farm applications and district delivery systems. Project partners include HID, TWDB, Delta Lake Irrigation District, Texas A&M University-Kingsville Citrus Center, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Rio Farms, Inc., Texas AgriLife Extension Service and its FARM Assistance program, and numerous cooperating agricultural producers in Cameron, Hidalgo and Willacy counties.