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Participant in an integrated water management school offered by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. ( University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture image by Chris Henry).

Upcoming integrated water management schools for 2018 growing season

Feb. 27, 2018

By Mary Hightower

U of A System Division of Agriculture

Fast facts:

  • Multiple Inlet Rice Irrigation; sensor schools being offered
  • Additional school dates by request, contact county extension office

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STUTTGART, Ark. – Producers getting ready for 2018 row crop growing season have plenty of opportunities to sharpen their water management skills through schools being offered by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

The Division of Agriculture is offering three schools: one for using Multiple Inlet Rice Irrigation, one for soil moisture sensors and the third which is both Surge and Soil Moisture Sensor School that covers surge valve use and layout as well as the basics of soil moisture sensors and how to use them to schedule irrigation.

The number of participants for each school is limited to 12-15 people. The rice irrigation schools cover how to use a mobile app and electronic levee files to design for poly pipe in rice fields and how to get the data from the tractor to the app. There is no cost for the rice irrigation school.

The $400 cost of the Surge and Soil Moisture school includes eight sensors, a slide hammer installation tool and a manual reader for those that do not have the tools needed to use sensors.  Participants construct sensors and install them as part of the school. 

Chris Henry, associate professor-Irrigation with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said industry has provided a deep discount on the supplies need to get started with sensors, so that participants can get the tools they need to use sensors effectively

Surge Valve and Soil Moisture Sensor Schools 

  • March 1, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m., STUTTGART -- Rice Research and Extension Center, 2900 Hwy. 130 East. To register contact Phil Horton 870-946-3231.  surge valve and soil moisture sensor school
  • March 2, 9 a.m. .- 3 p.m., NEWPORT -- Jackson County Extension Office, 649 Jackson 917, to register contact Matt Davis, 870-523-7450, surge valve and soil moisture sensor school
  • March 9, 9 a.m. .- 3 p.m., MARIANNA -- Lon Mann Cotton Research Station, 8 Lee County Road 214. To register contact Stan Baker, 870-295-7720,
  • March 21, 9 a.m. .- 3 p.m., RECTOR -- Rector Community Center, 740 East 9th Street. To register contact Stewart Runsick, 870-857-6875, surge and soil moisture sensor school

Soil moisture sensor school

  • March 6, 11 a.m., MANILA -- Manila airport auditorium, 800 Airport Drive. To register contact Ray Benson, 870-762-2075, Soil moisture sensor school

Multiple Inlet Rice Irrigation App School

  • March 5, 9 a.m. .- 3 p.m., MARIANNA -- Lon Mann Cotton Research Station, 8 Lee County Road 214. To register contact Stan Baker, 870-295-7720.
  • March 7, 9 a.m. .- 3 p.m., STUTTGART -- Rice Research and Extension Center, 2900 Hwy. 130 East, Stuttgart, Arkansas, to register contact Phil Horton 870-946-3231.  
  • March 9, 4:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., WYNNE -- East Arkansas Community College, 1790 Falls Boulevard, North. To register contact Rick Wimberley, 870-238-5745.
  • March 20, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., RECTOR Rector Community Center, 740 East 9th Street. To register contact Stewart Runsick, 870-857-6875.

For more information on irrigation, contact your county extension office or visit https://www.uaex.edu/environment-nature/water/irrigation.aspx.

About the Division of Agriculture

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system.

The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses. 

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact the county extension office listed as part of the session you plant to attend as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.  

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 Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A System Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126
mhightower@uaex.edu