In general our team delivers technical assistance in a variety of ways including, but not limited to: 1) assisting producers with collecting the prerequisite data to develop a “Pipe Planner” plan, 2) utilizing the data to develop a “Pipe Planner” plan for individual fields, 3) installing soil moisture sensors on demonstration farms to schedule irrigation initiation and termination, and 4) providing technical assistance to other farmers on irrigation scheduling decisions.
Educational & Outreach Activities
As of December 2017, our team has provided well over 225 irrigation consultations in the Delta Extension Region. These consultations include assisting with Pipe Planner, conducting flow meter checks, and providing technical assistance on soil moisture probes as well as irrigation initiation and termination decisions. These consultations have directly impacted approximately 25,000 acres with agents indicating that producers are largely adopting the practices as quickly as feasible. Agents further indicate that the knowledge disseminated through this effort could easily have a ten-fold impact in just a few years.