The 2008 World Ag Expo will feature irrigation seminars on Thursday, Feb. 14. Organized by the Irrigation Association and the International Center for Water Technology at California State University, Fresno, with additional media support by California Farmer magazine, these sessions will highlight the latest in irrigation and water use technology. All seminars are free with paid Expo admission and are located in the Expo Seminar Center off Median Street, between P and Q Streets.

Irrigation seminars schedule of events:

Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008

Time: 10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Title: “Basic Irrigation Pump Efficiency”

Speaker: Bill Green, Center for Irrigation Technology

Summary: This discussion will focus on basic pump efficiency, not Overall Pumping Plant Efficiency (OPE). The pumping portion has its own efficiency and manufacturer’s plot the operating condition output of each pump assembly on a pump curve and publish it.

Time: 11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Title: “Drip Irrigation Works – and Pays: Grower Testimonials”

Speaker: Jean Caron, Laval University

Summary: Reporting the results of a study that investigated the zone of hydric comfort of actively growing tomato plants to define appropriate irrigation setups and then to use these setups to grow tomatoes in comparison with rockwool.

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Title: “Advances in Using Center Pivots for Resource Management”

Speaker: Jake LaRue, Valmont Industries

Summary: The focus of this is on the changes within the center pivot industry to meet both wants and needs of irrigators to provide optimum resource management. Data will be presented on some specific examples of how irrigators are using new center pivot technology to minimize input of labor and variable expenses and additionally to improve their quality of life.

Time: 12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Title: “Micro Sprinklers and Micro Jets: The Pros and Cons of Each”

Speaker: David Dunn, Rain for Rent

Summary: Covering the history and development of micro sprinklers and jets, consideration of orchard/vineyard environments on micro sprinklers/jets, and the water quality and filtration in relation to performance of micro sprinklers/jets.

Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Title: “Does Increased Irrigation Uniformity Translate Into Increased Profitability?”

Speaker: Mark Hewitt, Rain Bird

Summary: A beneficial web based analysis and product selection program will be introduced for use in conjunction with the Center for Irrigation Technology’s SPACE Program. This program is useful to determine uniformity metrics within existing and new sprinkler irrigation systems.

Time: 1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Title: “Simplified Irrigation System Automation”

Speaker: Inge Bisconer, Toro Micro-Irrigation

Summary: Sometimes it is inconvenient, if not impossible, to expertly irrigate without automation. Irrigation automation technology has existed for decades, but today it is more powerful and affordable than ever before.

Time: 1:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Title: “Drip Tape System Performance”

Speaker: Paul McFadden, Roberts Irrigation

Summary: There are five key areas that need to be addressed to ensure proper system performance and efficiency including: water analysis, system design, proper filtration, careful installation, and required maintenance.

Time: 2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Title: “Five Drip Irrigation Do’s and Don’ts”

Speaker: Inge Bisconer, Toro Micro-Irrigation

Summary: Five Drip Irrigation Do’s and Don’ts are presented in layman’s terms to help producers manage increasingly valuable water resources.

Time: 2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Title: “Using the World Wide Web to Conserve Water”

Speaker: Troy Elliott, Cascade Earth Sciences

Summary: Agricultural water management fundamentally requires monitoring water applications and weather, and often soil moisture. A comprehensive, Internet-based irrigation data management system called the Water Sentinel© helps the grower meet yield goals and water conservation objectives.

The 2008 World Ag Expo is Feb. 12-14, at the International Agri-Center in Tulare, Calif. This year, the Expo will expand to 2.6 million square feet with the addition of the Dairy Technology Center and outdoor exhibits in the dairy section. The 2008 World Ag Expo is Where the World of Agriculture Means Business. For more information visit www.worldagexpo.com or call 800-999-9186.