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First irrigation water management school set for Jan. 30 at Jonesboro

Jan. 23, 2018

By Mary Hightower
U of A System Division of Agriculture

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  • First irrigation water management school set for Jan. 30
  • Multiple Inlet Rice Irrigation; sensor schools being offered
  • Additional school dates by request, contact county extension office

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STUTTGART, Ark. – Learn to make the best use of your irrigation this growing season through schools being offered by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

The Division of Agriculture is offering two types of schools: one for using Multiple Inlet Rice Irrigation, and the other a Surge and Soil Moisture Sensor School that covers surge valve use and layout. This school will also teach 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. 

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Dr. Chris Henry demonstrates tools for irrigation research at RREC. (U of A System Division of Agriculture photo).

The first school of the season is the Surge and Soil Moisture Sensor School being offered in Jonesboro on Tuesday, Jan. 30., at the Craighead County Extension Office, 611 E. Washington Avenue. The school begins at 9 a.m. It is sponsored by P and R Surge Irrigation of Lubbock Texas. 

“The school is designed for those that want to use sensors in 2018, we prepare participants with all of the items needed so they can walk out the door and install and use sensors on their farm,” said Chris Henry, associate professor-Irrigation with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

The $400 cost of the 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. 

Henry said the 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 for irrigation.

The Surge and Soil Moisture Sensor School is supported by the Arkansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Board, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board, and the Natural Resource Conservation Service. 

The schools will be offered as requested. If you would like to attend a school in your area, contact your county extension office to schedule. See a list of county offices here: www.uaex.edu//counties/default.aspx.

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 your county extension office as soon as possible.  Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.  

 

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

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