The North Dakota State University Extension Service is holding irrigation workshops Dec. 12 in Bismarck and Dec. 18 in Williston.
Irrigation water management never has been better due to the adoption and use of technological developments, says Tom Scherer, NDSU Extension water quality and irrigation specialist. Although the basic structural design of center pivots hasn't changed much, with smartphones and other devices, remote control and communication have become commonplace.
In addition, after many years of research, variable-rate irrigation is now commercially available, he adds. Plus, reliable remote soil moisture sensing is becoming a reality. All these developments contribute to more efficient use of water resources.
New innovations in irrigation will be a centerpiece of the two workshops.
The workshop on Thursday, Dec. 12, is in the Grand Pacific Room at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck. It will be held in conjunction with the North Dakota Water Users Association convention, which will include an irrigation exposition where suppliers display their products and services. The NDSU Extension Service and North Dakota Irrigation Association sponsor the workshop.
The workshop starts at 9 a.m. following North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple's keynote address to the convention. Workshop presentation topics are off-stream water storage for irrigation, subirrigation through tile drains, irrigation and bioenergy, irrigable soils information and technical innovations for irrigation. The registration fee of $20 is payable at the door and includes lunch.
The workshop on Wednesday, Dec. 18, is in the Ernie French Building at the Williston Research Extension Center, which is just west of Williston on U.S. Highway 2. Presentation topics will include soybean production, irrigable soils, profitable crop economics, Nesson Valley irrigation research and irrigation company updates on current technical innovations. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. This workshop is free of charge. Lunch will be provided.
For more information, see the workshop brochure at ag.ndsu.edu/irrigation, contact any county office of the NDSU Extension Service or call Scherer at 701-231-7239.