Irrigation Webinar Series


July 7, 21; August 4, 18; September 1, 15
Noon-1 p.m.

Held virtually via zoom

No cost to attend, but pre-registration is requested

Let’s Talk Irrigation!

This six session series focuses on irrigation topics such as irrigation management, irrigation efficiency, new and expanding irrigation projects and a weather and crop update.

Topics that will be covered each week:

  • Past and forecasted crop water usage compared to rainfall for the last week and next week. (5 minutes)
  • Ways to improve irrigation management and efficiency – Irrigation Specialist from MSU and Purdue (15 minutes)
  • New and expanding irrigation considerations – Lyndon Kelley, MSU/Purdue Extension Irrigation Educator (15 minutes)
  • Updates on irrigation topics related to field crops, vegetable, fruit and ornamental crops by MSU and Purdue specialists and extension educators (15 minutes)
  • Open Irrigation question and answer period (from chat or pre-submitted e-mail questions). Please feel free to email irrigation related questions to Betsy Braid at before the programs.

Sessions will be held every other week on Wednesdays at Noon. They will begin on July 7 and conclude on September 15.

Draft Topic Agenda

August 4

  • Monitoring leaf wetness duration to predict disease infection period– Dr. Younsuk Dong , MSU BAE Irrigation Specialist
  • Irrigation water supply: how much water do I need? – Lyndon Kelley, MSU/Purdue Extension Irrigation Educator
  • Irrigation of blueberries and other small fruit – Mark Longstroth, MSU Fruit Educator Emeritus

August 18

  • Irrigation management and efficiency – Dr. Younsuk Dong , MSU BAE-Irrigation Specialist
  • Irrigating fresh market vegetables for top quality – Dr. Ron Goldy, MSU Vegetable Educator Emeritus
  • Irrigating tree fruit – Nikki Rothwell, MSU Tree Fruit Educator, Northwest Horticulture Experiment Station
  • Irrigation for Ornamental Horticulture – Dr. Tom Fernandez (not yet confirmed)

September 1

  • Timing the last irrigation– Dr. Younsuk Dong , MSU BAE Irrigation Specialist
  • Timing and designing your project for minimized cost – Lyndon Kelley, MSU/Purdue Extension Irrigation Educator
  • Considering growing cereals under irrigation: opportunity to provide change in rotation, produce second crop soybeans or snaps, annual forage and better manage fertility and weeds – Dennis Pennington, MSU Wheat Production Specialist

September 15

  • Maximizing irrigation energy efficiency: how much energy did I use compared to the average? – Dr. Younsuk Dong, MSU BAE Irrigation Specialist
  • Water use registration and reporting – Lyndon Kelley, MSU/Purdue Extension Irrigation Educator.
  • Michigan site specific review options and the alternatives for registration – Andy Lebaron, MI- EGLE

RUP credits will be available for these sessions.

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