High Plains Irrigation Conference Rolls Jan. 17 At Amarillo

Conference and trade show will address a variety of irrigation topics from natural gas engines to irrigation management tools and water use.

Published on: Jan 14, 2013

The annual High Plains Irrigation Conference and Trade Show hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be held Jan. 17 in the Regency Room of the Amarillo Civic Center at 401 S. Buchanan St., Amarillo.

The program, hosted by AgriLife Extension and the Texas Agricultural Irrigation Association, addresses a wide variety of topics, says Nich Kenny, Texas AgriLife Extension Service irrigation specialist, with headquarters at Amarillo. The registration fee for the conference will be just $30, which is payable at the door, and also includes lunch.

"We have made some large advances recently in irrigation management," Kenny says. "Now producers are looking for the next steps to fine-tune their water-use efficiency. This program will feature many speakers who will introduce or expand upon some cutting-edge ideas."

WATER IS BIG. The High Plains Irrigation Conference and Trade Show is Jan. 17 in Amarillo, Texas.
WATER IS BIG. The High Plains Irrigation Conference and Trade Show is Jan. 17 in Amarillo, Texas.

Topics of this year's irrigation conference will be: natural gas generation unit; variable frequency drives; irrigation management tools; highly efficiency natural gas engines; non-traditional influences such as insects, fungicides, and fertilizers on crop water use; tillage and residue management; efficient irrigation systems; and soil conditioners.

Attendees can earn continuing education units while at the conference. Five Irrigation Association certified irrigation designer and six certified crop adviser continuing education units—five in soil and one in water and crop management—will be offered for those attending the conference, Kenny says.

The big trade show will include about 30 booths from the irrigation industry, along with area groundwater districts, and a variety of educational institutions, Kenny says.

For much more conference information on the irrigation conference, or to register for the irrigation trade show, you can go online to the Texas Agricultural Irrigation Association website at http://taia.org/. Questions about the program also can be directed to Kenny by calling 806-677-5600 or via Email to Kenny at npkenny@ag.tamu.edu.

Trade show questions can be directed to Kern Stutler at 806-786-5644.