Irrigation Seminars

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 1:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 8, 8:30 a.m. – 1:50 p.m.

Once again, the Education Conference offers irrigation seminars, providing certified professionals more opportunities to earn CEUs at the event. With all new topics for 2013, these one-hour seminars are designed to reinforce irrigation industry best practices and will be delivered in two tracks – one for agricultural interests and one for landscape and golf interests. Each seminar is 60 minutes in length and will qualify for Irrigation Association tier one CEU requirements.

Irrigation Seminars are included in full registration.  


All seminars in the landscape irrigation track have been approved by the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality and qualify Texas licensed irrigators to earn one CEU per hour of attendance. Texas licensed irrigators must visit the Texas Turf Irrigation Association's table in the seminar area to receive credit; an additional fee will apply. TTIA members receive a 50 percent discount on seminar CEU processing fees. Please visit for more details. 

Seminars are listed in the order they will be given during their designated track.  

Agricultural Irrigation Track

Irrigating with Variable Rate Irrigation
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
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.
Presenter: Jacob LaRue, Valmont Irrigation

Auditing Center Pivot Systems for Nozzle Performance
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2:05 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.
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.
Presenter: Danny Rogers, PhD, Kansas State University 

Recent Advances in Remote Sensing for Mechanized Irrigation Management
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 3:10 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.
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.
Presenter: Paul Colaizzi, PhD, Agricultural Research Service 

Maintenance of Microirrigation Systems
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
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.
Presenters: Larry Schwankl, PhD, University of California, ANR
                  Freddie Lamm, PhD, Kansas State University

                  Dana Porter, PhD, PE, Texas A&M University – Texas Cooperative Extension 

Calculating Precipitation Rates for Mechanized Ag Irrigation Systems
Friday, Nov. 8, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
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.
Presenter: Gene Ross, CID, Nelson Irrigation

Irrigation for Vegetable Crops

Friday, Nov. 8, 9:35 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.
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.
Presenter: Dr. Daniel Leskovar, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M System

Water Movement in Soils

Friday, Nov. 8, 10:40 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
This seminar will cover important aspects of the soil-water relationship and how why understanding this will help improve decisions about irrigation. Reviewing the concepts and principles will help the irrigation manager increase irrigation efficiency.
Presenter: Robert D. von Bernuth, PhD, PE, CID, CLIA, Irrigation Association

Landscape Irrigation Track 

Standards and Codes that Affect Rainwater Harvesting
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Rainwater harvesting is included in the various green codes and standards adopted by governing jurisdictions. It is important for the irrigation professional to understand how these green codes are being used in plumbing codes as well as green building initiatives so that the irrigation systems are in compliance and meet the requirements of the various programs.
Presenter: Bob Boulware, American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association 

Rainwater Harvesting for Irrigation
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2:05 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.
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.
Presenter: Mike Warren, Watertronics

Graywater Irrigation
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 3:10 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.
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.
Presenter: Sherry Lee Bryan, California H2orticulture Services     

Deficit Irrigation for Managing Landscapes
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
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.
Presenter: Mark Crookston, PE, CLIA, Northern Water 

Analyzing Water Sources for Landscape Irrigation
Friday, Nov. 8, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
While many landscapes have relied upon potable water or fresh water for irrigation, there are many other alternative 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.
Presenter: Brian Vinchesi, CID, CLWM, CIC, CLIM, CGIA, Irrigation Consulting, Inc. 

Water Quality for Ornamental Plants/Landscaping
Friday, Nov. 8, 9:35 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.
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.
Presenter: Dr. Raul Cabrera, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M System 

Watering Within the Lines: Water Use Restrictions vs. Water Budgets
Friday, Nov. 8, 10:40 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Austin Water has accomplished significant 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.
Presenters: John H. Abbott, Austin Water
                  Jacob Johnson, Austin Water

Using Water Budgets as a Management Tool
Friday, Nov. 8, 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
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.
Presenter: Markus Hogue, University of Texas-Austin  

Water Movement in Soils and Its Implications for Landscape Drip Irrigation
Friday, Nov. 8, 12:50 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
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.
Presenter: Brent Mecham, CID, CLWM, CIC, CAIS, CLIA, CGIA, Irrigation Association