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Online Irrigation Seminars
Available for purchase on IA’s new online store, these one-hour online seminars address the underlying “how tos” of efficient irrigation and water management. Seminar topics are available for both turf/landscape and agriculture professionals and are worth one CEU each.
Turf/Landscape Irrigation Topics
Learn about the practical things that can be measured and verified when auditing drip irrigation systems in the field, including ways to calculate an application rate to make better irrigation schedules.
Measuring flow and water usage is critical to managing water resources. This session explores the appropriate use of flow sensors.
This session provides an overview of the many types of filters available, as more projects use alternate water supplies for landscape irrigation.
Presented by the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association, this session covers the many types of storage tanks available that enable the use of alternative water for irrigation.
Many projects are becoming more complicated with multiple sources of water and points of connection. In this session, water experts discuss how you can protect your water sources.
There are many factors that influence plant growth in the urban environment. This session provides guidance on methods to better estimate plant water-use.
will look at actual field applications of new nozzles to improve the
performance of existing irrigation systems. In addition, the session
will cover the most effective way to use the innovative nozzles improve
This session covers the theory of electrical surges and how to make better decisions when specifying or installing grounding equipment.
This session examines rainwater harvesting projects that have failed, and why. As rainwater harvesting becomes incorporated into more landscape irrigation projects, awareness of potential problems will aid irrigation professionals in avoiding these problems and help ensure success.
Explore the various types of products available for storing water, covering the pros and cons of water storage products and provides tips for proper installation in this session.
Understanding water quality is essential for irrigation professionals. This session covers water quality and how it can impact people and plants.
Learn to create more effective irrigation schedules in this session, which covers how to better estimate plant water needs when using evapotranspiration data.
This session looks at the many innovations in irrigation products and the return on investment for upgrading systems to perform more efficiently.
From the point of view of the water provider, this presentation discusses how high efficiency should be the starting point when designing or installing an irrigation system.
Learn about various ways to treat alternative water so it can be used for irrigation systems. Considering the many codes in place dealing with alternative water today, this session is a must for irrigation professionals.
Agriculture Irrigation Topics
Auditing ag drip/microirrigation systems can be a complex process. One needs to measure how well the emissions devices are performing and the implications on irrigation scheduling and optimizing yield. Included in the discussion are problems found in microirrigation systems and their possible remedies.
explores the many items beyond a catch can test that the auditor should
verify when measuring sprinkler performance, including evaluating how
well the pump system is working and other controls.
Look at the different types of filters for various water conditions that are used in today’s sophisticated delivery systems.
Explore and compare the use of pressure and non-pressure compensating emission devices for agricultural drip irrigation systems. Both real-world and theoretical case studies are discussed in this session.
Receive an overview of all considerations that need to be accounted for when selecting equipment that will provide the best return on investment.
This session addresses different crop management with sprinkler irrigation systems, including factors related to assessing field and water supply characteristics and selecting proper pump sizes and sprinkler packages.
Growing Rice Using Center Pivot Irrigation (2011)
View some new techniques and methods to successfully grow rice — a food staple needed in much of the world — using center pivot irrigation.
This discussion focuses on irrigation scheduling using these complimentary methods and the pros and cons of each.
Microirrigation Design Tool (2012)
The Natural Resources Conservation Service has developed a design tool that can accomodate a range of soils, crops, topography, field sizes and microirrigation types. This session addresses ways in which this tool can be used for initial design as well as for evaluating third-party designs to comply with NRCS criteria.
Includes an overview of how VFD drives function and the benefits, concerns and return on investment of applying this technology to agricultural pumping systems.
This seminar can help water managers improve irrigation schedules to maximize crop yield. There are many irrigation scheduling methods and this discussion will help facilitate the use of evapotranspiration information for individual crops.
Solutions for Maximizing Irrigated Areas Using Moving Sprinkler Systems (2012)
With all the benefits of mechanized irrigation, one of the challenges has been irrigating 95 percent or more of a particular field. This seminar explores various economical solutions to maximize the irrigated area, increase the overall yield and simplify management considerations.
Technology Applications in Mechanized Agriculture Irrigation (2012)
Explore the technological advances in mechanized agricultural irrigation including computer controls, telemetry, global positioning system monitoring and guidance and remote controls.
This discussion covers the relatively new concept that improves water-use efficiency while striving to maintain optimal crop yield.