Irrigation

Session information, including recordings are available below. The sessions have been closed caption by machine, so we apologize for any errors or inaccuracies that may appear until we have a chance to edit the captioning files.

All sessions in this track were eligible for RUP and CCA credits as indicated below.

Thursday, February 18

9 a.m. - Draining Wet Spots in the Field or Draining the Entire Field

Ehsan Ghane

Join this presentation to learn more about how to decide if you want to drain part of the field or the entire field. See a demonstration of the Drain Spacing Tool, which estimates the optimum drain spacing that maximizes profit. Learn about blind inlets that drain small depressional areas of the field.
*1 Credit - 1A, 1B, Comm CORE, Priv CORE
*1 Soil & Water Management CEU

10 a.m. Low Cost Sensors to Improve Irrigation Management

Younsuk Dong

There have been remarkable improvements in low cost, low voltage micro-processor systems available to the hobbyist “maker community”.  These small computers have the ability to read and store data from a wide variety of sensors, and can be used to automate processes, creating opportunities for farmers to integrate this technology for data collection and management.  Dr. Younsuk Dong, Michigan State University Department of Biosystems Engineering, will discuss his work in utilizing one of these systems to improve irrigation management, monitor leaf wetness, reduce the risk of crop diseases.
*1 Credit - 1A, 1B, Comm CORE, Priv CORE
*1 Soil & Water Management CEU

11 a.m. - Combat Nutrient Loss with Controlled Drainage

Ehsan Ghane

Join this presentation to learn more about controlled drainage and how it reduces nutrient loss. See examples of control structures that can be used for controlled drainage. Learn about potential crop yield benefit. See examples of economic payback period for controlled drainage.
*1 Credit - 1A, 1B, Comm CORE, Priv CORE
*.5 Soil & Water Management CEU

*.5 Nutrient Management CEU

1 p.m. - Irrigation Management to Improve Yield and Water Use Efficiency While Minimizing Foliar Disease

Younsuk Dong and Lyndon Kelley

As irrigators your choice of when to start irrigating, how much to apply and when to start the next application result in how much irrigation water it takes to achieve the yield and the number of times the crop was wetted. We will explore some of the tools and techniques available to help you as an irrigator maximize yield, while minimizing water use and disease potential.
*1 Credit - 1A, 1B, Comm CORE, Priv CORE
*.5 Soil & Water Management CEU

*.5 Integrated Pest Management CEU

2 p.m. - Midwest Water Stewards, Groundwater Monitoring Funded by Agriculture

Todd Feenstra

Midwest Water Stewards is a 2019 merger of several groundwater and stream flow monitoring efforts funded by Agriculture. The group has studies of potential irrigation impact to streams and wells in more 12 counties in Indiana and Michigan, with 130+ monitoring wells, 300+ stream tests, and 55 million data points.
*1 Credit - 1A, 1B, Comm CORE, Priv CORE
*.5 Soil & Water Management CEU

*.5 Integrated Pest Management CEU

3 p.m. - Is Your Irrigation System Ready to Apply Chemicals, Chemigation and Fertilization

Lyndon Kelley

With new diseases such as Tar Spot and increasing levels of gray leaf spot in corn as summer temperatures have been on the rise, there has been increasing interest in being able to apply fungicides and other crop chemicals through irrigation water.  This session will walk through what irrigation system components and performance are required to achieve adequate coverage to apply agri-chemicals for crop protection. 
*1 Credit - 1A, 1B, Comm CORE, Priv CORE
*.5 Soil & Water Management CEU

*.5 Integrated Pest Management CEU