Agricultural growers are more concerned than ever about increasing both water and energy efficiency in addition to improving crop yield and quality. Knowing when, where and how much to water can improve a grower’s bottom line in good times, and save the business in an ongoing drought such as California is experiencing. Join Western Area Power Administration on Sept. 28 for a free webinar focusing on technology and best practices in precision irrigation for West Coast agricultural customers.
Changes in irrigation technology over the last two decades have helped farmers in the Golden State make impressive reductions in water use. For example, the Almond Board of California claims that using drip irrigation has reduced the amount of water it takes to grow a pound of almonds by 33 percent.
However, achieving this kind of success requires an understanding of smart controls and monitoring tools, as well as data on crops, soil, weather, topography and more. Irrigation districts, water utilities and municipalities are challenged to persuade agricultural customers that relearning everything they know about irrigation is worth the effort, and to connect growers with the experts who can help them.
West Coast Irrigation Efficiency features presentations on emerging technologies for precision irrigation. Speakers with expertise on both drip and pivot irritation systems will discuss how to turn a mountain of raw data into an actionable plan and design for an irrigation system.
Brian Bassett is founder of H2O Optimizer, a company that provides data- and technology-driven strategies to maximize returns in production agriculture. The company has been working with the Fresno Water, Energy and Technology Center to improve drip irrigation technology.
As the Agricultural Technical Lead for Bonneville Power Administration, Tom Osborn has developed programs and tools to help Northwestern growers improve water and energy efficiency. His areas of specialization include scientific irrigation scheduling and irrigation system testing and performance.
Presentations will offer examples of successful irrigation efficiency programs, along with contacts for participants who wish to learn more. A Q&A period will follow the speakers.
Western encourages growers, utilities, irrigation consultants, researchers and policy makers to attend West Coast Irrigation Efficiency. There is no cost to participate in the webinar, but registration is required.
Source: Washington State University Energy Extension, 9/14/15