Irrigation Webinar Series

Contact: events@anr.msu.edu

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 braidbet@msu.edu 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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