Auditing Ag drip/microirrigation systems can be a complex process. One needs to measure how well the emission devices are performing and the implications on irrigation scheduling and yield. Included in the discussion are common problems found in microirrigation systems and their possible remedy.
This course runs interactively in the learning management system and is not downloadable.Please note that you may receive credit only once per renewal period for this training.
Explore and compare the use of pressure and non-pressure compensating emission devices for agricultural drip irrigation systems in this session. Both theoretical and real-world case studies will be discussed.
The Economics of Irrigation provides an overview of all of the considerations that need to be accounted for when trying to select equipment that will provide the best return on investment.
Learn about the practical things that can be measured and verified when auditing drip irrigation components in the field including ways to calculate an application rate to make better irrigation schedules.
This session provides an overview of the many types of filters that have become available as more projects use alternate water supplies for landscape irrigation. Since filters are an important component of the system when using non-potable water for irrigation, water quality as well as quantity needs to be considered to select the proper filter.
This presentation will look at actual field applications of new nozzles to improve the performance of existing irrigation systems. In addition, the session will cover the most effective way to use the innovative nozzles improve distribution uniformity.
Proper grounding techniques are essential for much of today’s sophisticated • and often expensive • control equipment. This includes decoders, sensors, and communication packages. This seminar covers the theory of electrical surges and how to make better decisions when specifying or installing grounding equipment.
This presentation will look at some rain water harvesting projects that have failed and why they failed. As rain water harvesting becomes incorporated into more landscape irrigation projects awareness of potential problems will aid irrigation professionals in avoiding these problems and help ensure success.
Explore the various types of products available for storing water. This session will cover the pros and cons of water storage products, along with tips about proper installation.
There are many factors that influence plant growth in an urban setting. This session will address these factors and how to better estimate the plant water need when using ET data and how it will help you create more effective irrigation schedules.
This seminar takes a look at the many innovations in irrigation products and the return on investment for upgrading irrigation systems so they perform more efficiently. Some products will provide quicker water and energy savings which will save your clients some money.
This discussion is presented from the point of view of a water provider. The presentation will discuss how high efficiency should be the starting point when designing or installing an irrigation system rather than something that is done later on. Ideas for what contributes to an efficiency irrigation system will be highlighted.
With all of the benefits of mechanized irrigation, one of the challenges has been areas that remain fallow. This seminar will explore various solutions to maximize the irrigated area to increase yield that a grower should consider.
Measuring flow and water usage is critical to managing water resources. This session will explore the appropriate use of flow sensors.
This session will be led by an American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA) representative who will introduce the many types of storage tanks available that enable the use of alternative water for irrigation.
Many projects are becoming more complicated with multiple sources of water and points of connection. Do you know how to protect the water sources? Come and listen to subject matter experts from the American Backflow Prevention Association.
There are many factors that influence plant growth in the urban environment. This session will provide guidance on methods to better estimate plant water use.
Learn about various ways to treat alternative water so it can be used for irrigation systems. With the many codes in place today this session is a must for irrigation professionals.
Are you sure you are getting an even application of water over your field? This discussion will look at how to conduct an audit and to measure the performance of the nozzles. With this information, better decisions can be made about what repairs might be needed or how to better manage water resources knowing how the nozzles are applying the water.
Do you know how much water your irrigation system is applying? If not, then you need this seminar to learn how to calculate the rate at which water is being applied which is essential in creating proper irrigation schedules. Effective water management can reduce water and energy use without significant impacts on yield.
This seminar is more than just talking about what VRI is and about how to use it as a water management strategy. The seminar will look at various applications and discuss how to maximize irrigation efficiency.
Best practices for irrigating high value horticultural crops and managing water resources during drought will help the producer make better decisions for the best yield. Additionally in today's market, irrigation and food safety are of concern.
The overall efficiency of microirrigation systems can be compromised if they are not maintained regularly. The seminar will touch on the items that need to be checked routinely to keep the system working optimally.
Technology continues to play an important part in improved irrigation management. This seminar will explore how to monitor center pivot or lateral move machines remotely with the use of sensors.
This seminar will cover important aspects of the soil-water relationship and how why understanding this will help improve decisions about irrigation. Reviewing the concepts and principles will help the irrigation manager increase irrigation efficiency.
While many landscapes have relied upon potable water or fresh water for irrigation, there are many other alternate water sources that can be developed on site. This presentation will look at how to analyze all of the potential water sources available and choose those that will best serve the needs of a particular landscape site.
Maximizing the use of water to achieve the desired results takes knowledge and understanding of the soil-plant-water relationship. This becomes increasingly important during times of water shortages. This seminar will look at various controller programming strategies that can be used to reduce water use and still maintain healthy lawns and landscapes.
Graywater is an alternate source of water which can be used for irrigation, but it has specific code requirements for how the irrigation system is designed and installed. Also the seminar will discuss water quality issues that must be dealt with and what considerations should be included when selecting equipment to harvest, store and distribute the water to the landscape.
This seminar will look at all of the necessary components and equipment used to collect rain water, hold it in storage and then uses the water for landscape irrigation. The importance of protecting water quality by how it is collected helps make this source of water a viable alternative to using potable water to irrigate plants.
No matter the size of the landscape, knowing how much water is required and then measuring the water applied is an important step in being a professional irrigation manager. This seminar will look at strategies used to reduce water use and still maintain a viable landscape even during drought conditions.
As drip and microirrigation systems are used more and more for irrigating landscapes, it is necessary to understand how water moves in the soil so that the emitter or microsprays can be placed appropriately to apply water that will encourage good root development.
With the stress on potable water supplies, there has been increased attention on using alternate water supplies for landscape irrigation. While plants don't need potable water, they do need water that is of sufficient quality to not cause harm or damage to the plant. This seminar will consider the water quality requirements of plants in the managed landscape.
Austin Water has accomplished significant water savings through watering day and time restrictions. The Alternative Irrigation Compliance Pilot Program was created to find out if setting limits on quantity could achieve similar or greater savings, while allowing customers greater flexibility with their watering schedules.
This seminar introduces attendees to sprinkler operational efficiency. This performance metric evaluates how sprinklers distribute water when used in different spacing configurations.
New green codes and standards are being adopted, which often require that the irrigation system be inspected and commissioned. This seminar discusses the commissioning process.
Learn about the latest tools for managing irrigation systems and their differences. You will also discover how to implement them to help you become a more effective water manager.
Learn key principles of sustainable landscapes and their impact on reducing water use. Understand how landscape modifications and the use of technology provide new opportunities for irrigation professionals to become part of the solution to managing water resources.
Catch can audits measure sprinkler performance, while using a portable soil moisture sensor will measure the effectiveness of the irrigation. Both methods are valid and help correlate sprinkler performance with soil moisture uniformity that affects irrigation scheduling and ultimately the appearance of the turfgrass.
A common goal of most green programs is to reduce or eliminate the use of potable water from irrigating the landscape. This seminar looks at various volunteer green programs such as LEED, Sustainable Sites and Green Globes and considers the prerequisites and how points for irrigation systems and using alternative water sources are awarded.
ET information is often used to provide a reference for determining the amount of water that is applied to plants. This presentation looks at where weather stations are located compared to the site being managed, how ET is calculated, and then what to consider when modifying the reference ET to estimate landscape water requirements for different types of plants.
Based on numerous residential and commercial audits, Dr. Kopp presents findings on the amount of water used in the landscape and compares to estimated water demand. Part of the presentation includes a look at both irrigation performance and landscape composition - how irrigation efficiency can be improved.
While water is wet, not all sources of water are fit for applying to plants. This seminar looks at water quality issues with various sources of alternate water sources and what needs to be considered to either treat the water or decide it can't be used before applying it to the landscape. This is valuable knowledge when considering the use of on-site alternate water sources for the irrigation system.
Basis of Design is a narrative description of the design and management of the irrigation system to meet the needs of the landscape and the owner's project requirements. This seminar will discuss in detail what a Basis of Design is, what needs to be included and how it is used once an irrigation system has been installed. Learn why the BOD is a best management practice to improve irrigation efficiency.
Vegetated roofs and walls are growing in popularity and are being specified in many diverse climates. This seminar will explore what kind of information is needed to design an appropriate irrigation system, what types of systems work best, and how to manage the system to use water efficiently.
How do you control excessive pressure? This seminar will explore the options of controlling excess pressure at the point of connection, at the zone control valve and the individual sprinkler.
Did you know that there are standards for how to solvent weld PVC pipe? ASTM D2855 Standard Practice describes the process by which pipe must be joined together. This seminar will teach you the basics about cutting, fitting and using primer and cements for solvent welding.
This two-part seminar focuses on how adults learn and how to deliver effective training. The first hour will explore how adults learn and ways to do effective in-house training. The second hour will share proven methods for delivering information based on learning concepts from the first hour.
Understand how water pressure is created, managed and sustained in an agricultural irrigation system. This class focuses on the relationship between flow, velocity and pressure in typical agriculture irrigation systems.
This course runs interactively in the learning management system and is not downloadable. Please note that you may receive credit only once per renewal period for this training. This class does not qualify for TCEQ.
Review various types of agricultural sprinkler systems and their specific applications. Learn to calculate precipitation rates that will be used to create efficient irrigation schedules.
Learn basic electrical terminology for landscape irrigation systems and how to diagnose common electrical problems found in the field using virtual meters. Develop troubleshooting skills in this interactive class.
This course runs interactively in the learning management system and is not downloadable. Please note that you may receive credit only once per renewal period for this training. This class qualifies for TCEQ.