Irrigation plays a big part in agriculture. Learn all the in's and out's of agricultural irrigation, and find resources to meet your needs.

Contact Lyndon Kelley for all of your irrigation concerns: 269-467-5511

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MSU Enviro-Weather: Weather-based pest, natural resources, and production management tools

Indiana Water Use Policy

Irrigation Resources (intended for both Indiana and Michigan unless otherwise noted)

MSU Agricultural Climatologist Dr. Jeff Andresen and MSU Bio-Systems Engineering Agricultural Water Use Specialist Steven Miller have developed a web based irrigation scheduling system that downloads rainfall and solar radiation data directly from the Michigan Agricultural Weather Network (MAWN).  The system is entirely web based; field data is entered and retrieved in a password protected user id system.  There is no charge for the use of this system.  The initial field setup requires a latitude and longitude for the field to be able to pull weather data from the most local weather station.  Accuracy of the system still relies on collecting and entering rainfall information from rain guages placed in the fields.  The program has the ability to generate the MDA water use reporting form at the end of the season.  Be sure to write down and keep track of your user ID, password and field IDs.

Other Irrigation Scheduling Programs:

The Michiana Irrigation Scheduler Program was developed jointly by MSU and Purdue Universities in the early 1990's.  The program can be used to schedule irrigation but does not use solar radiation from weather station and is somewhat more limited in ability to adjust soil moisture levels during the growing season.  To download the program onto your computer, you can go to the Purdue University Web Site listed below:

Irris Scheduler

Irrigation System Uniformity Evaluations

Water Use Reporting for Michigan Producers

Water Withdrawal Assessment Tool registration requests or on the State of Michigan DEQ page at

The following is a brief summary of water use reporting as it relates to agriculture.

General Information:

  • The need to report is based on having the combined capacity to pump 100,000 gallons per day (70 gallons per minute). This means all the capacities of wells under the control of one operator are added together to determine if they are required to report.
  • Water use reporting will impact virtually all irrigators that do not use a municipal water supply, including greenhouses, nurseries and golf courses.
  • Water use reporting will impact many medium to large livestock producers and may impact larger farm operations that have several wells at various sites that are used solely for human consumption and necessities.

2008 Changes to Water Use Legislation 

Farmers report to MDARD:

Michigan Right to Farm Act Irrigation GAAMP's

Generally Accepted Agricultural Management Practices for Irrigation Water Use - January 2017

MIWWAT Training Videos

Irrigation Costs

Irrigation Fact Sheets Developed by Lyndon Kelley

Irrigation Resources Developed by Lyndon Kelley

Chemigation-Fertigation - August 22, 2014

End of Season Irrigation - August 22, 2014

Soil Water Balance Sheet - updated March 4, 2015

Irrigation Tools for Stewardship 3.4.07 PowerPoint

Indiana Distribution Basics PowerPoint

Irrigation Application Record Form

Indiana Water Souce Irrigation PowerPoint

Water Use Requirements - Kelley 2-21-07 MI

Trickle Irrigation in the Eastern United States 

Evaluating Irrigation System Uniformity

Good Agricultural Practices - Summary of Guidance on Irrigation Water Quality, August 2009 working copy

Irrigation Legislation PA177 148 overview - Kelley MI

Irrigation Water Measurement

MSUE Irrigation System Evaluation Tool-Center Pivot May 2011

Harvesting Irrigation Cover Crops as Forage 5/22/09 News Release in cooperation with Dale Mutch

Irrigation System Uniformity Standard - ASAE S436.1

Irrigation Crop-Share or Crop-Share/Cash Farm Lease 

MSUE Irrigation System Evaluation Tool-Linear - Kelley and MacKellar

Irrigation Crop-Share and Cash Rental Arrangements for Your Farm 

Methods of Estimating Water Use for Swine Operations

Measuring Water Flow and Rate on the Farm

Reducing and Avoiding Irrigation Runoff - Kelley

Michigan Irrigation Rights - David P. Lusch, Ph.D., posted 12-13-11

Water Use Facts

Estimating Soil Moisture by Feel and Appearance

Irrigation Tools for Stewardship - Kelley

Michigan/Indiana Well Driller List

Water Use for Beef Farms in Michigan

Michigan Irrigation GAAMPs Presentation 12/07

Water Use for Swine Operations in Michigan

Michigan's Major Watersheds

Water Use for Dairy Farms (100 head or less) in MI

Percent Timer Estimator Excel Worksheet  

Water Use for Dairy Farms (1,000 head or more) in MI

Using Chemigation Safely and Effectively (E-2099)

Getting More Out of Irrigation June 12, 2013

Calibrating Irrigation Equipment 

 Irrigation Water Management to Protect Ag Resources

Michigan Well Code

Measuring Well Water Levels

Trickle Irrigation: Using and Conserving Water in the Home Garden

Irrigation Calibration Results Letter for Groundwater Stewardship

Irrigation Presentations

Soybean Irrigation Management - Condensed 2/21/15

Water Sources for Irrigation - Kelley

Soybean Irrigation Management 2/15

Basic Irrigation Scheduling Tools and System Evaluation 2/15

Pasture/Forage Irrigation - Economics and Options - Lyndon Kelley 3/25/10

Managing Irrigation Water 2/09

Getting More Out of Irrigation - Lyndon Kelley 2/10

Irrigation Energy Options

Splitting Irrigation Expenses with your neighbors - Lyndon Kelley 12/10

Irrigation Equipment Options

Agronomic Practices for Irrigated Corn Produciton - Bob Nielsen 2/10

2008 Water Use Requirements for Michigan

Irrigation Scheduling Overview & Tools - Bill Northcott, 6/26/09

Irrigation Management Practices - Kelley 6/8/09

Michiana Irrigation Association Board for 2018

  •  - President
  •  - Vice-President
  •  - Secretary/Treasurer
  • Joel Annable
  • James L. Becraft Jr.
  • Todd Feenstra
  • Tom Frank
  • Brian McKenzie
  • Mike Morehouse
  • Doug Pedler
  • Ben Russell
  • Jeremy Walker
Presentations from the December 15, 2017 Annual Meeting:
Presentation from the December 14, 2015 Annual Meeting:
Presentations from the December 15, 2014 Annual Meeting:
Presentations from the Dec. 14, 2012 Annual Meeting:

Become a new member of the Michiana Irrigation Association

Michiana Irrigation Association By-laws

Affliated member of the Irrigation Association

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