With every month and year that goes by, wise use of water by western Kansas farmers is increasingly important. K-State Research and Extension is hosting a seminar on Friday, Sept. 25, to share research findings and tools available to help growers with important choices related to water use.
The Limited Irrigation Seminar: Maximizing Profitability and Water Productivity with Limited Water starts at 9 a.m. at the K-State Southwest Research-Extension Center, 4500 E. Mary St. in Garden City.
Attendees will hear about a web-based decision support tool called Yield Prophet, used by Australian farmers, crop consultants and ranchers to maximize profitability by matching inputs such as irrigation and fertilizers to seasonal yield potential. Tim McClelland, the Yield Prophet coordinator for Birchip Cropping Group, will give the presentation.
Isaya Kisekka, K-State Research and Extension agricultural engineer, will give an update on mobile drip irrigation under high and low well capacities.
Jonathan Aguilar, K-State Research and Extension water resources engineer, will give a presentation on how producers can improve irrigation scheduling, even under low well capacity, with KanSched, an evapotranspiration-based irrigation scheduling tool.
The day ends after lunch with discussions and time for questions and answers.
The seminar is free, and lunch and refreshments are provided. Registration is requested by contacting Ashlee Wood at 620-276-8286 or firstname.lastname@example.org for meal planning purposes.