Irrigation Tour Set for Stratford, Texas Aug. 25

Attendees will get scoop on the latest technology including remote sensing.

Published on: Aug 18, 2010
By Kay Ledbetter

An irrigation technology tour and meeting is Wednesday, Aug. 25 in the Sherman County Exhibit Building in Stratford, Texas, according to a Texas AgriLife Extension Service agent.

"We would like to inform producers about coming technologies and remote sensing devices that are being studied to help them manage irrigation and improve their bottom line," says David Graf, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent for Sherman County.

The program starts at 1:30 p.m. with a trade show, followed by the program at 2:30 p.m. The group will take a field tour at 4:30 p.m., and then return to for an evening program and steak dinner. It is scheduled to conclude at 7:30 p.m.

This will be a continuation of the earlier Texas North Plains Corn Irrigation Research and Extension Field Day under the theme, "Working Together to Make a Difference." That morning session will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with registration beginning at 8:15 a.m. at the Texas AgriLife North Plains Research Field, at 6045 Road E., north of Dumas, and concentrates on limited-irrigation research on corn, according to Thomas Marek, Texas AgriLife Research senior research engineer, and superintendent of the research field.

Speakers at the following afternoon session at Stratford will address corn plant and root development, as well as upcoming drought-tolerant corn varieties and how they relate to water-use efficiency. Other program topics include soil moisture capacitor probes, crop infrared sensors, irrigation computer modeling, and gypsum blocks.

Additionally, speakers from the North Plains Groundwater Conservation District will discuss the future of pumping limitations and a project update on the potential for producing 200 bushels of corn per acre, with 12 inches of irrigation water.

Three general continuing education units will be offered by the Texas Department of Agriculture to attendees.

For more, contact Graf at the AgriLife Extension office in Sherman County at 806-366-2081.

- Kay Ledbetter is with Texas A&M Agriculture Communications, Amarillo.