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

NEW! Analyzing Water Sources for Landscape Irrigation (2013)

While many landscapes have relied upon potable water or fresh water for irrigation, there are many other alternate water sources that can be developed on site. This presentation will look at how to analyze all of the potential water sources available and choose those that will best serve the needs of a particular landscape site.

 

Auditing of Landscape Drip Irrigation Systems (2011) 

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.

 

Automating Water Flow Measurement With Sensors (2012)

Measuring flow and water usage is critical to managing water resources. This session explores the appropriate use of flow sensors.

 

Basics of Filtering (2011) 

This session provides an overview of the many types of filters available, as more projects use alternate water supplies for landscape irrigation.

 

Catchment Systems for Alternate Water Sources (2012)

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.

 

NEW! Deficit Irrigation for Managing Landscapes (2013)

Maximizing the use of water to achieve the desired results takes knowledge and understanding of the soil-plant-water relationship. This becomes increasingly important during times of water shortages. This seminar will look at various controller programming strategies that can be used to reduce water use and still maintain healthy lawns and landscapes.

 

Do’s and Don’ts of Backflow Prevention Devices (2012)

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.

 

Estimating Landscape Plant Water (2012)

There are many factors that influence plant growth in the urban environment. This session provides guidance on methods to better estimate plant water-use.

 

Field Study of Uniformity Improvements from Multi-Stream Rotational Spray Heads (2011)

This presentation 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 distribution uniformity. 

 

NEW! Graywater Irrigation (2013)

Graywater is an alternate source of water which can be used for irrigation, but it has specific code requirements for how the irrigation system is designed and installed. Also the seminar will discuss water quality issues that must be dealt with and what considerations should be included when selecting equipment to harvest, store and distribute the water to the landscape.

 

Proper Grounding Techniques (2011)

This session covers the theory of electrical surges and how to make better decisions when specifying or installing grounding equipment.

 

Rainwater Harvesting — Engineered Failures (2011)

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.

 

Rainwater Harvesting — Underground Storage Design and Construction (2011)

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.

 

NEW! Rainwater Harvesting for Irrigation (2013)

This seminar will look at all of the necessary components and equipment used to collect rain water, hold it in storage and then uses the water for landscape irrigation. The importance of protecting water quality by how it is collected helps make this source of water a viable alternative to using potable water to irrigate plants.

 

Refining the Landscape Coefficient for Improved Irrigation Management (2011) 

Learn to create more effective irrigation schedules in this session, which covers how to better estimate plant water needs when using evapotranspiration data.

 

Return on Investment for Irrigation Upgrades (2011)

This session looks at the many innovations in irrigation products and the return on investment for upgrading systems to perform more efficiently.

 

Starting With Efficiency (2011)

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.

 

Treating Alternative Water for Irrigation (2012)

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.

 

NEW! Using Water Budgets as a Management Tool (2013)

No matter the size of the landscape, knowing how much water is required and then measuring the water applied is an important step in being a professional irrigation manager. This seminar will look at strategies used to reduce water use and still maintain a viable landscape even during drought conditions.

 

NEW! Water Movement in Soils and Its Implications for Landscape Drip Irrigation (2013)

As drip and microirrigation systems are used more and more for irrigating landscapes, it is necessary to understand how water moves in the soil so that the emitter or microsprays can be placed appropriately to apply water that will encourage good root development.

 

NEW! Water Quality for Ornamental Plants/Landscaping (2013)

With the stress on potable water supplies, there has been increased attention on using alternate water supplies for landscape irrigation. While plants don’t need potable water, they do need water that is of sufficient quality to not cause harm or damage to the plant.  This seminar will consider the water quality requirements of plants in the managed landscape.

 

NEW! Watering Within the Lines: Water Use Restrictions vs. Water Budgets (2013)

Austin Water has accomplished significant water savings through watering day and time restrictions. The Alternative Irrigation Compliance Pilot Program was created to find out if setting limits on quantity could achieve similar or greater savings, while allowing customers greater flexibility with their watering schedules.
 

Agriculture Irrigation Topics

Auditing Ag Drip/Microirrigation Systems (2011)

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.

 

NEW! Auditing Center Pivot Systems for Nozzle Performance (2013)

Are you sure you are getting an even application of water over your field?  This discussion will look at how to conduct an audit and to measure the performance of the nozzles. With this information, better decisions can be made about what repairs might be needed or how to better manage water resources knowing how the nozzles are applying the water.

 

Benefits of Pressure Compensation (2011)

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.

 

NEW! Calculating Precipitation Rates for Mechanized Ag Irrigation Systems (2013)

Do you know how much water your irrigation system is applying? If not, then you need this seminar to learn how to calculate the rate at which water is being applied which is essential in creating proper irrigation schedules. Effective water management can reduce water and energy use without significant impacts on yield.

 

NEW! Irrigating with Variable Rate Irrigation (2013)

This seminar is more than just talking about what VRI is and about how to use it as a water management strategy. The seminar will look at various applications and discuss how to maximize irrigation efficiency.

 

NEW! Irrigation for Vegetable Crops (2013)

Best practices for irrigating high value horticultural crops and managing water resources during drought will help the producer make better decisions for the best yield. Additionally in today’s market, irrigation and food safety are of concern.

 

NEW! Maintenance of Microirrigation Systems (2013)

The overall efficiency of microirrigation systems can be compromised if they are not maintained regularly.  The seminar will touch on the items that need to be checked routinely to keep the system working optimally.

 

NEW! Recent Advances in Remote Sensing for Mechanized Irrigation Management (2013)

Technology continues to play an important part in improved irrigation management. This seminar will explore how to monitor center pivot or lateral move machines remotely with the use of sensors.

 

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.

 

NEW! Water Movement in Soils (2013)

This seminar will cover important aspects of the soil-water relationship and why understanding this will help improve decisions about irrigation. Reviewing the concepts and principles will help the irrigation manager increase irrigation efficiency.