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Precision Irrigation – Publications and Information Resources

SCRI-MINDS “Specialty Crop Research Initiative – Managing Irrigation and Nutrition via Distributed Sensing” Our project is all about saving water, increasing efficiency and reducing the environmental impacts of ornamental plant production practices! We are using wireless sensor networks and environmental modeling to more accurately predict and apply irrigation water in nursery…
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New Video – Systems-based Pest Management: Irrigation Practices

This video demonstrates how nursery crop producers can apply a systems-based pest management approach to irrigation, eliminating or minimizing the spread of pathogens from recycled irrigation water and standing water in main production areas. It also covers the importance of testing water quality and refining irrigation volume to optimize plant…
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Free Webinar – Pathogen Risk Mitigation through System Design and Using Precision Irrigation Tools

Webinar Presentation Pathogen Risk Mitigation through System Design and Using Precision Irrigation Tools Tuesday, 3 June, 2014 Noon to 1:00 pm (Eastern) To participate in this webinar, please go to https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/irrigation-water/ and dial 1-888-619-1583 then enter pass code: 491981 Presenter: Dr. John Lea-Cox, Professor and Nursery Extension Specialist Department of…
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Sustainable Nursery Irrigation Management Series: Part 3- Strategies to Manage Nursery Runoff

Extension publication, “W 278: Part I. Water Use in Nursery Production,” discussed the importance of and competition for water use in nursery production. “W 279: Part II. Strategies to Increase Efficiency” covered techniques that growers can use to refine scheduling (volume and timing) and delivery of irrigation water.  This final…
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Sustainable Nursery Irrigation Management Series: Part 2- Strategies to Increase Crop Irrigation Efficiency

Nursery irrigation management is a major concern for many nursery producers, especially container producers. Extension publication, “W 278: Part I. Water Use in  Nursery Production,” discussed competition for water and gave a general overview of water use in nurseries. Part II discusses strategies to increase irrigation efficiency. Because irrigation is…
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Register Now for the 2012 Irrigation Show and Education Conference!

  Registration is now open for the 2012 Irrigation Show and Education Conference, Nov. 2 – 6, Orlando, Fla.! Early-bird registration at discounted rates will be available through Oct. 5. The Irrigation Show is more than just an annual trade show – it’s a source of valuable information for industry…
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April showers bring May… Disease?

An Introduction to Water Molds Nicole Ward, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. Spring rains can create growing conditions that are devastating to most landscape plants.  For example, excess water is responsible for a disorder called “wet feet,” which results from the suffocation of plant roots…
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Agricultural Water Usage – Trends, Indicators, and What It All Means

Noel R. Gollehon, Senior Economist, Natural Resources Conservation Service, US Dept of Agriculture This webinar analyzed the complexities of irrigation practices through data analysis and graphical representation of trends to educate, identify efficiencies and improvements, and provide an accurate representation of the irrigation “story.” Key take-aways included – An analytical…
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