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Achieving Precision Irrigation with Water Control and Safety Innovations

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At the “root” of an effective irrigation system is proper water volume, pressure, and safety. This course addresses the most important factors to be considered to Ensure your turf, plants, and trees are getting the appropriate water—in the right quantity, with the proper safety, at the highest efficiency—to reflect your unique landscape environment. At the end of this program, participants will be able to: select the most effective backflow prevention with respect to the system’s environment, design and budget; determine appropriate point-of-connection water pressure and system volume; integrate labor-saving components into the system ensure long-term longevity of the system’s components; track and control system performance and make adjustments as necessary.
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
Paul Wait
National Irrigation Sales Manager
Zurn Industries
Paul Wait is a strategic member of Zurn Industries’ leadership team as the National Irrigation Sales Manager. He is a professional presenter and electrical engineering alumnus of Cal Poly University San Luis Obispo. Paul supports the irrigation industry with over 40 years experience across electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, construction, landscaping, and agriculture. As a product specialist on Zurn Wilkins water safety and water control products, Paul has spent his tenure at Zurn Industries focusing on training, sales, strategic deployment, and marketing.

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Advance Wire Troubleshooting: Using Volts, Ohms & Amperage

This webinar will help you identify and troubleshoot issues on both conventional and two-wire systems including identifying tools required for troubleshooting each system; learning about the relationship between voltage, resistance and amperage; diagnosing conventional systems including parallel circuits and DC systems; and diagnosing two-wire systems.
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Advanced Lighting Controls

Learn how to take control of your lighting systems to offer your clients more options, more control and more adaptability, all while making more money. This webinar will cover the basics from simple to advanced, with special attention to basic mechanical timers and photocells, astronomical timers, integrated control systems, proprietary transformer controls, irrigation timer and relay linked control options, and home automation controls and smart home devices and components. You will also gain knowledge in the basics of lighting control. The panelists will cover where to go for training and education as well as valuable resources for designing and implementing home automation integrating all the client’s outdoor lighting fixtures.

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Advancing Landscape Irrigation Management

Multiple ongoing landscape irrigation projects have been conducted that explore multiple turfgrass and ground cover trials, all being irrigated autonomously using evapotranspiration-based and soil moisture sensor-based smart irrigation controllers. Tune in for the results of these projects being performed at the University of California Riverside Ag Experiment Station and the University of California ANR South Coast Research and Extension Center by Haghverdi research group.

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An Innovative & Efficient Way to Collect PSI for Drip Audits

Learn a fast, easy and efficient way to collect pounds per square inch while performing drip audits or assessments. The IA recommends collecting psi from three points within the drip system during a drip irrigation audit. The traditional way of using a sharpened pitot tube creates waste, is time-consuming and is not the most efficient method. With this DIY, easy-to-build drip psi testing tool, you can check your three psi areas within minutes and move on to the next zone without losing a drop of water. Perhaps you are not performing a drip audit, but the system has issues that you need to figure out. With this tool, you place the rubber tip up against the orifice of the drip emitter or emitter tubing outlet, and you can move from emitter to emitter with great ease without wasting any water or poking a single hole. A psi reading is immediate and can help you quickly assess where issues are, without making a mess or wasting time.
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Basics of Water Efficient Irrigation Products

What makes a product or a practice efficiently use water? What should be done to ensure the results will be as good as possible? Learn about this and more during this webinar on water-efficient irrigation products.
This session is worth one CEU in the Tier 1 - Irrigation Training category.
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CAD Basics: Learning How to Draft in AutoCAD

Watch this webinar to get an in-depth lesson on CAD basics, including an understanding of what blocks are and how to work with them inside of CAD. This webinar will also show you how to bring in imagery or additional external referenced files, known as Xrefs, and set up your plan to start your irrigation designs.

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Don’t Lose Your Shirt by Growing in Dirt

Dirt and soil — what’s the difference? When we understand how soil and the microbes within it work, we can have soil work for us instead of against us. Healthy soil has better water retention and nutrient availability, and it grows more reliance in your plants. Save time and money in the long run by making healthy soil. Find out how the physical, chemical and biological functions of the soil work together and learn long-term solutions to soil health.

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Drip Irrigation Design for Plant Establishment and Long-Term Maintenance

This webinar discusses how water applied by drip emitters moves through the soil and how soil type affects water movement both horizontally and vertically. Using this information then affects how to design a drip system for plant establishment and also account for long-term plant maintenance. This webinar is worth one CEU in the Tier 1 - Irrigation Training category.
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Efficient Irrigation to Produce Cannabinol From Hemp

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Hemp (Cannabis sativa) grown for cannabinol (CBD) is a relatively new and rapidly expanding crop. The irrigation criteria requirements to maximize hemp bud yield and cannabinoid contents have not been established. In 2018 we observed hemp production yield losses in Oregon from both excessive and insufficient irrigation. In 2019 we evaluated four progressively drier irrigation onset criteria for drip-irrigated hemp with four replicates. Water use, plant heights, nutrient status, nutrient uptake and bud cannabinoid content were measured over time. Bud yield and cannabinoid content results at harvest were used to estimate water use efficiency for cannabinol production. This webinar is worth one CEU in the Tier 1 category.
Thursday, March 25, 2021
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Clinton C. Shock, PhD
Professor and Superintendent
Malheur Experiment Station OSU
Clinton Shock has enthusiasm for plants and seeks to use science and education to solve horticultural, environmental and social problems. His research develops economically viable options that are voluntarily implemented by growers. Shock has envisioned and generated win-win solutions to problems such as credit and market access for poor growers in the Brazil, revegetation in the Amazon, "sugar end" of potato in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, groundwater contamination in Oregon, irrigation-induced erosion, and production of specialty crops. As director of an Oregon State University experiment station from 1984 to 2018, he headed cooperative efforts to improve growers' yields and profitability while simultaneously correcting environmental or social problems. This work has resulted in drip irrigation technology options for onion growers and improved water quality in the Treasure Valley of Oregon and Idaho.

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Electrical Safety for Center Pivot Irrigation Systems

This webinar will help you identify and troubleshoot issues on both conventional and two-wire systems including identifying tools required for troubleshooting each system; learning about the relationship between voltage, resistance and amperage; diagnosing conventional systems including parallel circuits and DC systems; and diagnosing two-wire systems.
This session is worth one CEU in the Tier 1 - Irrigation Training category.
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Enhanced Water Conservation Through Pump Station Design

Gain a deeper understanding of how an irrigation pump station and its components are critical to water conservation, monetary savings and energy efficiency within an irrigation system. This webinar will review water conservation through the design and manufacturing process of a packaged VFD pump station, as well as energy efficiency and monetary savings by using VFD and other smart irrigation components. We will also discuss the pros and cons of using various products within an irrigation system regarding water conservation and long-term monetary savings and the importance of the preconstruction design and planning stage to have effects on water conservation.

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From Irrigation to Water Management

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The irrigation industry is changing every day. With rising water costs and the importance of conservation, irrigators are becoming water managers. Learn from a company that has already transitioned its policies and practices to focus on the effective and conservative use of water in residential and commercial applications. Through irrigation water use audits, regular maintenance by licensed irrigators and proper training, gain knowledge to become a leading expert in water management and conservation. This webinar is worth one CEU in the Tier 1 - Irrigation Training category.
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
DJ Seeger
President
Seeger Water
DJ Seeger is the president of Seeger Water Corporation, a landscape irrigation development and management company based in San Antonio, Texas. He grew up in the industry working for his dad's irrigation company that was founded in 1987. After high school, he joined the company full time and assumed a role in administration; he also completed service work. Today, Seeger Water is the fastest growing irrigation company in south Texas, serving residential and commercial customers. Seeger is on the board of directors for the New Braunfels Irrigation Association and is an active voice in Texas legislation and TCEQ policy regarding water conservation and environmental sustainability.

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Green Industry Benchmarks & Critical Numbers

The webinar will thoroughly explain benchmarks and critical numbers for marketing, estimating, job costing, accounting and human resources. Learn how to identify these benchmarks and critical numbers as they relate to risk management, bonuses and incentives, improving production, improving profitability, and training your staff to self-manage.

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Greywater Options for All Jobs

Greywater is an option for all projects. It does not have to be 100% of the irrigation source, but each gallon used is one less to account for with potable water. This webinar will highlight different greywater irrigation strategies you can adopt for your business and conserve water in the process. We will go over the key elements, the plumbing source of the greywater and the diversion options. Then, we will discuss how to use the greywater in the landscape, from simple laundry to tree options to full shower to turf grass. Ask a few clients if they would like to use greywater within the landscape; 94% of all clients are saying yes.

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How Irrigation Automation & Telemetry Help Save Water

This webinar will prove the water savings from season to season within permanent crops such as almonds. Attendees will get to see how a large farm management company was able to save water and irrigate the way they always wanted to by focusing on the importance of soil moisture readings, “listening” to their trees and utilizing the convenience and simplicity of automation. You will see how this can be applied to any grower’s operation.

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How to Build Scale Within Your Business

It is important for business owners to understand how they can remove themselves from the day-to-day operations. This webinar will review the importance of budgeting, understanding your numbers, and hiring and training the right staff. Most business owners are running blind and do not have an exact plan for how they will grow the business.

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How to Match Precipitation Rates on Rotors

This webinar will review common errors that occur in the field when rotors with different arcs are installed on the same valve. During the session, we will review the negative effects of unmatched precipitation rates; how to recognize mismatched precipitation rates; how to calculate precipitation rates; basic steps to match precipitation rates on rotors; and the ROI of matching rotor nozzle precipitation rates.
This session is worth one CEU in the Tier 1 - Irrigation Training category.
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Implementing Variable Rate Center Pivot Irrigation

The focus of this webinarr will be on providing recommended steps for the successful implementation of variable rate irrigation with a center pivot as well as how to continue being economically successful using variable rate irrigation. A brief history of VRI and key terms will be discussed.
This session is worth one CEU in the Tier 1 - Irrigation Training category.
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Irrigation Design Webinar

Learn about the tools that can make irrigation designs more efficient and accurate. This webinar will cover why irrigation designers need these tools and how the software is used to quickly obtain site information, lay out irrigation systems, design within user-specified hydraulic parameters, and create plans, drawings and bills of materials.

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Irrigation Technology & the Future of Farming

In the middle of the 20th century, forward thinkers envisioned flying cars, a dream that hasn’t happened yet. They seldom addressed what farming would look like years down the road. When considering the future of farming, you probably think about self-driving tractors, but you’re thinking shouldn’t stop there. Fully autonomous pivots and completely connected crop management are closer than you realize. The goal of agriculture — and especially irrigation — is to produce greater yields with fewer inputs. But what does that mean? For starters, it means less water, lower energy bills and decreased labor costs, not to mention an improved quality of life. As machines located in fields for decades, center pivots are uniquely positioned to become data hubs and drive a revolution in artificial intelligence and machine learning to take data from reactive to predictive.

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Irrigation Technology Management and Scheduling

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This webinar is worth one CEU in the Tier 1 category.
Thursday, March 18, 2021
Thursday, March 18, 2021
Steven R. Evett
Research Soil Scientist
USDA-ARS - Conservation & Production Research Laboratory
Steve Evett is a research soil scientist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service in semi-arid West Texas, where he conducts research on irrigation methods and management and on development of soil and plant water status sensors, wireless sensing systems and automated decision support systems. He has worked with irrigation management in the western United States and in several countries in Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. His recent work has quantified reduction in evaporative losses when using SDI, development of crop coefficients for SDI in the Southern High Plains, and development of a decision support system for variable rate irrigation.

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It Works on Paper: Reconciling Site Hydraulics

The primary focus of an irrigation designer is to design a system able to match the water requirement of the plant material through maturity. Ultimately, the hydraulic requirements of this system must match the hydraulic profile of the site, and it is the designer’s and installer’s task to ensure that this occurs. Learn how to ascertain the hydraulic requirements of the system from the irrigation design and gain an understanding of how to calculate this for design-build situations. Take away a game-changing technique used to accurately measure landscapes of any shape so they may be verified against the design.

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Keys for Maintaining Efficiency of a Drip or Microirrigation System

This webinar will cover the Irrigation Consumer Bill of Rights, the importance of system maintenance, some common mistakes that are made in design and operation, and a glimpse into irrigation scheduling.
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Landscape Irrigation Design Within AutoCAD • Advanced

This course is aimed at attendees of the earlier training class (CAD Basics • Learning How to Draft in AutoCAD) or for those who are familiar with the use of AutoCAD. Learn the ins and outs of the tools available for designing irrigation within AutoCAD.

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Managing Nebraska’s Irrigation Water Use in the Cloud

The Twin Platte Natural Resources District manages the use of groundwater for irrigation of approximately 320,000 acres in central Nebraska. They have embarked on an ambitious water data project that will leverage multiple cloud-based platforms and a state-of-the-art data communication network, collecting data on water use and water levels and evaluating water use and water supply automatically. Water managers will automatically receive updates on the status of water supplies and water uses, allowing for real-time water management decisions that historically took years to make and implement. For the first time both the irrigators and water managers in the TPNRD will have their finger on the pulse of the aquifer, being able to continuously monitor and adjust based on current data and information, marking a true paradigm shift from reactive to proactive water management.

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Methods and Materials for Restraining Pipes and Fittings

This webinar discusses the various options available for restraining irrigation pipe and their associated fittings, both above and below ground. Topics include thrust blocking and joint restraint as well as when restraint is required and when it is not. The various types of pipe and how their restraining requirements are different will be discussed. Details will be shown to illustrate how the types of restraint should be installed and calculations for proper sizing of the restraints. We will also discuss why restraint is needed and the consequences of improperly or not restraining the pipe and fitting system. This webinar is worth one CEU in the Tier 1 - irrigation training category.
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Microirrigation Issues & Common Treatment Programs

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As many irrigation systems are being converted over to a microirrigation framework, and with the introduction of the Food Safety Modernization Act, farms are now seeing issues that have not surfaced in the past. This leads to potential losses in crop production/recalls of product from either plugging, biofilms and/or diseases. We will discuss how to mitigate or eliminate these potential issues revolving around microirrigation systems. This webinar is worth one CEU in the Tier 1 category.
Thursday, April 01, 2021
Thursday, April 01, 2021
Yancey Brumfield
Regional Manager
CH2O, Inc.
Yancey Brumfield is a regional manager for CH2O Inc. based out of Tumwater, Washington, where he oversees account managers in Oregon, southern Washington and southern Idaho. He holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from Washington State University. With nine years of experience in the water treatment industry, Brumfield specializes in microirrigation water treatment: biological control, mitigation of mineral deposition, corrosion control and disease management in irrigation systems.

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Mobile Drip Irrigation Demonstration Results

This webinar will review the use of mobile drip irrigation as an irrigation application device for center pivot systems. MDI is a surface dripline that can be attached to center pivot systems. Webinar highlights include: an overview of Kansas irrigation situation and sprinkler packages, a history of MDI-type application packages, research studies at Kansas State University, a comparison of spray options and MDI at various irrigation capacity systems, Water Technology Farm demonstrations (including evaluation of various commercial farm technologies at the field scale), management quirks, observations, and initial conclusions.
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Multiple Methods of Irrigation Installation

Irrigation installation job sites are becoming more and more complex. Underground rights-of-way are congested with underground utilities, and yards are increasingly populated with potential landscape, hardscape or environmental hazards. One installation method that contractors are turning to is vacuum excavation. As a low impact and flexible option, vacuum excavators are becoming increasingly popular in urban job sites. When pairing vacuum excavation with traditional installation methods like trenching and excavating, contractors can take on more jobs and increase profitability. Vacuum excavation and traditional installation methods complement each other and should be mutually beneficial. Vacuum excavators are not there to replace trenchers and excavators but to supplement where traditional methods can’t go.

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Organizational Development: Bucking the Trend

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Why is it that some companies grow to market leadership while others get stuck along the way? Only a small portion of landscape and irrigation companies grow beyond a million dollars, and of the ones that do, most get stuck never realizing their business dreams. It's not enough to be able to install or service an irrigation system. Being a great irrigation technician will only get you so far. The key to business and financial success is in becoming a great irrigation businessperson. Great businesspeople understand how to build an organization that provides structure and a process that will empower their teams. This webinar is worth .25 CEU in the Tier 3 - Irrigation Training category.
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Ken Thomas
Principal
Envisor Consulting
Ken Thomas started his first business, Landscape Techniques, fresh out of college with $1,000 and a pickup truck. He grew the company to $5 million before selling to TruGreen/LandCare in 1998. Thomas purchased Scapes Group Landscape which grew to $17 million and was ranked as one of the top 100 landscape companies in America. Scapes was acquired by ValleyCrest Landscape in 2007. Ken spent three years in leadership at ValleyCrest Landscape Maintenance as the commercial sales leader for the southeastern United States. Thomas and his good friend and industry leader, Ben Gandy, started Envisor Consulting in 2011.

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Power Quality & Pumps ... Is Your Power Killing Your Pumps?

This webinar will discuss electrical power quality as it relates to pumps and motors. We will explore potential power issues and how they affect pump performance and the life span of the pump motor. Learn the proper way to calculate the voltage and current asymmetry and the proper method to balance the available power on a three-phase installation. Participants will learn how to detect power anomalies and potentially how to correct them. In this presentation we will also cover motor protection devices that can provide a level of protection from these power issues. Finally, we will discuss how telemetry can be used to monitor power at an installation.

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Preparing for & Responding to a Down Economy

This webinar will dissect and analyze the four major functional areas of a landscape irrigation company, while offering unique and industry-specific approaches to the philosophies, methodologies, systems and strategies that every company needs to survive.

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Pressure Regulation & Check Valves for Landscape Irrigation

This webinar discusses how pressure regulation and check valves help conserve water resources. Pressure regulation can be achieved in several different ways: at the point of connection, at the valve or at the sprinkler head. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages. Check valves help prevent low-head drainage that empties lateral pipes unnecessarily and likewise can conserve water used in the landscape.
This session is worth one CEU in the Tier 1 - Irrigation Training category.
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Pumps for Irrigation

This webinar will focus on the most common types of pumps typically used in turf and landscape irrigation. The presentation will cover the basic operating principles of these pumps as well as the mechanical and performance differences between them. The importance of collecting accurate job site information critical to selecting the correct pump for the irrigation application will be discussed. Special consideration for pump site conditions, installation and maintenance will also be presented.
This webinar is worth one CEU in the Tier 1 - Irrigation Training category
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Rainwater Harvesting- Your Only Water Source

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Learn how to design and live on rainwater harvesting as your sole source of water. Sustainable Homes Inc. has built over 100 homes that use rainwater harvesting for all domestic, landscape and swimming pool needs. Learn the benefits of rainwater and how it relates to water management, native plant design and drought-tolerant turf. This webinar is worth one CEU in the Tier 1 - Irrigation Training category.
Tuesday, March 09, 2021
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
Darrel McMaster
CEO
Sustainable Homes Inc
Darrel McMaster is the CEO of Sustainable Homes Inc. and the past president of the Texas Rainwater Catchment Association. He is the builder of the largest number of homes that use rainwater as the sole source of water for the residence. Sustainable Homes builds homes that are designed and built to use the environment for all of the utility needs of the home on-site. McMaster will be having a realistic conversation about integrating rainwater into irrigation needs.

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Refining the Landscape Watering Coefficients for Your Sites

This webinar reviews practical steps toward conserving water in irrigated landscapes in regions with dry climates. Proven approaches for verifying the adequacy of given irrigation management practices will also be discussed. The intent is to provide managers with increased confidence for making appropriate adjustments to their watering strategies.

This session is worth one CEU in the Tier 1 - Irrigation Training category.
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Retaining the Right People at the Right Time

Employee retention is not a one-size-fits-all program. You need to know what motivates each person to stay, their career goals and other key drivers in their career. Additionally, companies need to consider if they want to retain an individual. It might be time to let them go, even if they have been a great performer for years. Over her almost 20 years in human resources, Karen Weeks has worked with managers and leaders to help retain the right people at the right time. In this webinar, she will share her learnings and stories and provide actionable tips for the audience that they can use back at work the next day.

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SDI-E — Maximizing Profit & Nutrient Utilization Including Dairy Effluent for Corn, Wheat and Alfalfa Production With Drip Irrigation Systems as a Nutrient Delivery Method

Adoption of drip systems, not only for irrigation but as a nutrient delivery tool, continues to demonstrate an attractive ROI across the United States. Row crop producers are finding that their ability to manage timing of nutrients and water awards the benefit of a significant increase to their bottom line. In the past four years, subsurface drip irrigation for effluent (SDI-E) has proven to be a more sustainable and profitable method for concentrated animal feeding operations to dispose of lagoon water and reduce commercial fertilizer costs. This webinar includes a panel of industry researchers and leading growers that are using SDI-E in their farming operations to increase yields, water and nutrient efficiency, and profitability, as well as create a more environmentally sustainable operation. They will discuss nutrient application strategies and irrigation management practices in detail and show how that results in an attractive ROI on drip systems.

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Soil-Water Relationships & How They Relate to Irrigation Scheduling

This webinar will focus on the importance of understanding how to schedule each irrigation application to meet the moisture requirements of the plant material. Join in as we step through the environmental, system design and resource considerations associated with scheduling irrigation in both agricultural and landscape scenarios. The webinar will also review the practical use of technologies designed to help with determining irrigation schedules.
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Solar Pumping Basics

This webinar will look at the projected growth of the solar market, types of pumping systems and components that operate with solar arrays, as well as some general details in sizing solar-powered pumping systems, wiring and system maintenance.

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Sustainability of Irrigated Agriculture in the Central Valle

The Central Valley of California is one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world due to its fertile soils, Mediterranean climate and water distribution infrastructure, but long-term sustainability of irrigated agriculture in the Central Valley is threatened by several factors. A number of policies have been enacted to mitigate these factors and ensure conservation of natural resources and economic prosperity of the region. However, for growers to be compliant with the regulations while remaining profitable requires adoption of advanced management practices and technologies. Findings from case studies applying these technologies in various crops grown in the Central Valley will be presented. Overall, sustainability of irrigated agriculture in the Central Valley of California will depend on building partnerships between growers, coalitions, regulators and other stakeholders including environmental justice groups.

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Sustainable Irrigation: An Integrated Approach

With the changing elements of agriculture and a growing population to feed, mechanized irrigation for water use efficiency and sustainability is becoming more important for global food production and grower economics. Many tools are available to determine soil, crop and environmental conditions, generating large amounts of data. A grower can be overwhelmed with how to manage this data, how to apply it to their situation, and the necessary tools to truly improve their water use efficiency and help insure sustainability. Mechanized irrigation has long been challenged by the industry to provide an integrated and strategic approach, combining rich available data with advanced mechanized control technology.

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The Future of Agriculture in America: The Role Irrigation Plays in Sustainability

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Thursday, March 11, 2021
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
John Farner
Industry Development Director
Irrigation Association
John Farner serves as the industry development director for the Irrigation Association. With more than 15 years of experience in working with water, agricultural and landscape technologies and more than 20 years working in international government and public policy, Farner's expertise in government and public affairs is closely aligned with issues and technologies relating to water use in agricultural production and landscape management. After serving on staff for two members of Congress, the George W. Bush for President Campaign and as a special assistant to the United States Secretary of Commerce, Farner joined the IA in 2008 and currently oversees the advocacy and public affairs programs, focusing on water use technologies in agriculture, landscape, turfgrass and golf. He speaks regularly on issues such as drought, agricultural water use, water restrictions, agricultural productivity and groundwater/surface water use, as well as irrigation technologies, trends and best management practices for irrigation technology application and adoption.
Trevor Mecham
VP Global Technology & Strategy
Valmont Industries, Inc.
As vice president of global technology strategy, Trevor Mecham leads Valley Irrigation technology strategy, assuring growers continue receiving innovative solutions and a strong ROI. Mecham brings a wealth of vision and experience in the ag tech space, including leadership positions at Leica Geosystems, Hortau, Uptake and CNH Industrial. He helped to develop advancements at Leica Geosystems, John Deere/Gem Equipment Inc. and Novariant (Integrinautics). Mecham has also earned his bachelor's in business marketing and worked on his family's 4,000-acre farm.
Inge Bisconer
Managing Member
Surf 'N Earth Enterprises, LLC
Inge Bisconer is a sales and marketing consultant. She became a managing member of Surf' N Earth after retiring from Toro Ag where she worked in ag irrigation sales, marketing and technical roles for nearly half of her 40-year career. She is passionate about helping farmers become better irrigators and leveraging her unique perspective as a farmer, environmentalist and urbanite to help agriculture become more profitable and sustainable through improved water and resource use efficiency. Her current focus is advocacy, education, project management, and content creation. Bisconer earned a bachelor's in agriculture from the University of California, Davis and an MBA in technology management from the University of Phoenix. She also taught soil science and landscape irrigation at MiraCosta College. She currently serves on the IA Board of Directors and was honored with the IA's Industry Achievement Award in 2016.
Rod Snyder
President
Field to Market
Rod Snyder has served as president of Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture since 2014. Field to Market is a diverse alliance working to create opportunities across the agricultural supply chain in the United States for continuous improvements in productivity, environmental quality, and human well-being. Prior to this role, Snyder held positions as Public Policy Director for the National Corn Growers Association and Government Affairs Leader for CropLife America. He is particularly recognized for his work at the intersection of agricultural and environmental issues. In 2015, Snyder co-founded the Sustainable Agriculture Summit, which has grown to be the largest and most prominent annual sustainable agriculture conference in North America. He has previously served on the board of directors of the Conservation Technology Information Center, on the steering committee of the Agricultural Nutrient Policy Council, on the executive committee of Field to Market, and as chair of the Pesticide Policy Coalition. He resides on his family's farm in Shenandoah Junction, West Virginia.

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The Hidden Issues of Using Nonpotable Water Sources

Nonpotable water not only includes reclaimed or treated water but also stormwater, water from lakes and ponds, and even some wells because it is not suitable for drinking. In many parts of the country, state regulations require that the source for irrigation water be the lowest quality available to the site because of the increasing demands on the potable water supply. The use of these nonpotable sources comes with an increased number of complications that can be detrimental to the performance of the irrigation system if not identified. This webinar will help landscape and irrigation contractors recognize and deal with these potential obstacles.
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Top Lighting Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

There are many right ways to design and install landscape lighting, but there are a lot more ways to get it wrong. Take home a few tips and tricks for installing lighting that will save you hours of headaches and potentially thousands of dollars in damaged property and product. When it comes to wiring systems together, there are a few tools and products you may want to know about, as well as a few you should probably avoid. Our lighting experts have learned the hard way which ones are which and will share the goods. Bad lighting is real, and if you don’t know it when you see it, you may be part of the problem. You’ll learn what to look for and how to avoid the most “glaring” mistakes.

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Upgrading Points of Connection for Master Valves & Flow Sensors

This webinar describes some of the equipment options and design considerations associated with upgrading existing irrigation water source points-of-connection to provide master valve and flow sensor capabilities.
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Using Soil Moisture Sensors

This webinar discusses the most commonly used methods to measure soil moisture and how the sensors work. It helps individuals understand how the sensor is an electronic root that gathers soil moisture data and what the data means. This webinar is worth one CEU in the Tier 1 - irrigation training category.
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Using the Indicator Plant Method to Calculate Drip Emitter Requirements

The typical landscape bed is designed with plants having different irrigation water requirements, yet they are all on one irrigation zone. This webinar will use the indicator plant method of selecting the flow and quantity of emitters per plant-water-use type to apply the required amount of water for each plant. This method can also be used for line source drip and even mixing different types of overhead irrigation. (Don’t tell the irrigation police!)
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Valve Applications for Mechanized Irrigation

This webinar will present real-world examples of new technology in common valve applications in the mechanized irrigation industry that will increase efficiency and reliability for the grower.

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VFD Pump Operation

Learn the basics of variable frequency drive pump operation, advantages of VFD and diagnosing problems. This webinar will include a review of how pumps move water, how electric motors work, how VFD effects the pump's performance, and how to add system logic to pump performance.
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Water Conservation Approaches in Turfgrass Systems

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This webinar is worth one CEU in the Tier 1 - Irrigation Training category.
Tuesday, April 06, 2021
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Alex Bach
MS Graduate Student
Alex Bach's interest in irrigation began three years ago when the Irrigation Association granted him a scholarship after he explained how much he enjoyed and had learned in the irrigation class at Kansas State University. The following year, he became an E3 winner, an opportunity where the IA paid for his trip to the annual Irrigation Show and Education Conference. His experience in Long Beach, California, that year was where he learned the career possibilities in the irrigation industry, propelling his interest in pursuing a master's degree focused on irrigation. Earlier this year, the National Association of Landscape Professionals granted Bach the Hunter Industries Water Conservation/Irrigation Efficiency Scholarship, assuring his decision to pursue a career in the irrigation industry.
Dale Bremer
Professor, Turfgrass Science
Kansas State University
Dale Bremer is a professor of turfgrass science at Kansas State University. He is also the graduate program director for the department of horticulture and natural resources at KSU and director of the KSU Rocky Ford Turfgrass Research Center in Manhattan, Kansas. Bremer conducts applied and basic research, primarily in the areas of water conservation, drought stress and greenhouse gas fluxes in turfgrass (e.g., carbon sequestration). He investigates the use of new technologies such as drones, remote sensing and soil moisture sensors to improve turfgrass management practices. He also advises and teaches graduate and undergraduate students in turfgrass science.
Cathie C. Lavis, PhD
Professor & Extension Specialist, Landscape Management
Kansas State University
Cathie Lavis has a diverse background that combines years of industry experience with theoretical knowledge. She has a combined teaching and extension specialist appointment. Lavis teaches sustainable landscape maintenance, arboriculture and horticultural irrigation in the department of horticulture and natural resources at Kansas State University. She serves as advisor for Horticulture Club and a coach for the K-State Landscape Contracting Team. Lavis has been recognized with several national awards; the Irrigation Association Excellence in Education Award, the American Horticultural Society Teaching Award and the International Society of Arboriculture Alex L. Shigo Award for Excellence in Arboricultural Education.
Steve Keeley
Kansas State University
Andres Patrignani
Assistant Professor
Kansas State University
Andres Patrignani is an assistant professor in soil water processes in the department of agronomy at Kansas State University. He completed his master's in plant and soil sciences in 2011 and his doctorate in soil science in 2015, both from Oklahoma State University. In 2016, he started a research program at Kansas State University with focus on multiscale soil moisture dynamics in the vadose zone.
Wes Dyer
PhD Graduate Student
Kansas State University
Wes Dyer, PhD candidate, is studying horticulture and natural resources at Kansas State University. His research focuses on water conservation efforts in turfgrass systems. Approaches include utilizing various sensor technology, field research and lab analysis to share data for better irrigation decisions. Throughout his studies he gained interest in environmental soil physics, water conservation approaches and computer programming for data analysis. He received his master's in agronomy at Texas A&M University, where his research focused on water quality issues and his bachelor's at Mississippi State University. Having worked on golf courses and athletic fields and volunteered for six PGA Tour tournaments as agronomy staff, Wes has a passion to connect research with industry application.
Jack Fry
Kansas State University
Josh Friell
Principle Research Scientist, Center for Advanced Turf Technology
The Toro Company

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Water Conservation in Irrigation

This webinar will focus on the practical understanding of existing irrigation system components and their correct operation. A properly operating system combined with a reasoned approach to controller management should yield to water conservation while maintaining plant health.
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Water Hammer and Maintaining Basic Hydraulics

This webinar will cover a review of system hydraulics, including hydraulic grade, pressure, elevation and friction loss. This webinar will help you understand what water hammer is; why it happens and how it affects irrigation systems; what can be done to prevent or mitigate the effect of water hammer, including good system design practices. This webinar is worth one CEU in the Tier 1 - Irrigation Training category
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Wi-Fi Controllers for Landscape Irrigation

This webinar recognizes the popularity of Wi-Fi enabled controllers and the advantages and opportunities this technology brings to the landscape irrigation market. Brent Mecham, IA's Industry Development Director, moderates a discussion with Wi-Fi enabled controller experts, Chris Klein of Rachio, Inc. and Stuart Eyring of Hydro-Rain, Inc.
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