Technical Program

Past Irrigation Show attendees report that one of the main reasons they come back year after year is to learn about the latest irrigation technologies and innovations. The 2017 technical program presents the latest cutting-edge research covering a variety of irrigation topics. Industry experts will present case studies and research findings on innovations in agriculture and landscape irrigation.

Schedule is subject to change. The sessions are open to all attendees with a full registration. Participants will earn 0.33 CEUs for each 20-minute presentation.

Agriculture Sessions

USDA-ARS Ogallala Aquifer Program — Center Pivot Irrigation Technology Transfer Effort

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 9:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

  • Ogallala Aquifer Program Center Pivot Irrigation Effort, Freddie Ray Lamm, PhD, Kansas State University
  • Discussion of Why Variable Rate Irrigation May Not Be Used to its Full Potential, Jake LaRue, Valmont Irrigation
  • Evaluation of Variable Rate Irrigation in Humid Region, Ruixiu Sui, PhD, USDA-ARS
  • Site Irrigation Management Using a Sensor-based Decision Support System, Manuel Alejandro Andrade, PhD, USDA-ARS
  • Remote Sensing for Variable Rate Irrigation Management, Kenneth Stone, PhD, USDA-ARS
  • CWSI Related to Plant-available Water & Root Distribution, Steven R. Evett, PhD, USDA-ARS
  • Dashboard for Irrigation Efficiency Management (DIEM), James Bordovsky, Texas A&M AgriLife Research
  • Water Use & Management of Center Pivot Drip Irrigation Systems, Charles Swanson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
  • Erraticity of Sprinkler-irrigated Corn Under Drought, Freddie Ray Lamm, PhD, Kansas State University

Microirrigation Technologies for Agricultural Production

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • Nitrous Oxide Emissions With Subsurface Drip Irrigation, Dave Goorahoo, PhD, California State University, Fresno and Center for Irrigation Technology
  • Triggering Drip Irrigation by Soil Water Tension, Clinton C. Shock, PhD, Oregon State University Malheur Experiment Station
  • Case Studies: Optimizing Flow Control Drip Tapes for Success, Inge Bisconer, The Toro Company
  • Microirrigation Equipment for Okra Cultivation in the USVI, Rhuanito Soranz Ferrarezi, PhD, University of Florida, Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences
  • Cucumber Greenhouse Production Using Sensor-based Irrigation, Rhuanito Soranz Ferrarezi, PhD, University of Florida, Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences
  • Steps to Restoring an Irrigation System After Emitters Plug, Andrew Jackson, Custom Creations, Inc.
  • Evaluation of Polyethylene Subsurface Driplines After 26 Years, Adriana Velasquez, The Dow Chemical Company 

Improving Agricultural Irrigation Scheduling & Management

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 8:00 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.

  • Water Conservation & Fertilizer Use BMPs vs. Conventional Growing Practices in Corn: A Two-year Overview, Maria Isabel Zamora Re, University of Florida 
  • STAMP Decision Tool for Agronomic Crops in Louisiana, Stacia Davis, PhD, Louisiana State University AgCenter
  • Quantifying Crop Water Requirements in the Mississippi Delta Using an Energy Balance Approach, Saseendran S. Anapalli, PhD, USDA-ARS
  • Optimizing Irrigation Scheduling With Limited Water Using the iCrop Decision Support Tool, Isaya Kisekka, PhD, Kansas State University
  • Injectable Co-polymers: A Tool for Soil Moisture Management, Bardia Dehghanmanshadi, Exacto
  • In-stream Wetland: Wastewater Treatment Technology in Egypt, Abdelmoneim Mohamed, PhD, Washington State University
  • Strategies for Taro (Colocasia Esculenta) Irrigation, Gustavo H.S. Vieira, IFES Campus Santa Teresa, Brazil
  • Irrigation Technology Utilization: A Case of Central Uganda, Teddy Kizza, National Agricultural Research Organization, Mukono Zonal Agricultural Research & Development Institute

The Future of Irrigation — Moving Toward Sustainability

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • Application of the Precision Ag Irrigation Language (PAIL), Charles Hillyer, PhD, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
  • Insights Into Irrigation From Internet of Things Perspective, Davit Hovhannisyan, University of California, Irvine
  • Open-source Hardware & Software for Irrigation, Daniel Fisher, PhD, USDA
  • Continuous Monitoring of Wine Grape Canopy Temperature for Irrigation Management, Bradley King, PhD, USDA-ARS Northwest Irrigation & Soils Research Laboratory
  • Sustainability of Irrigation With EM Induction Technique, Dave Goorahoo, PhD, Center for Irrigation Technology and Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences & Technology, Fresno State
  • Voluntary Adoption of Practices That Protect Water Quality, Clinton C. Shock, PhD, Oregon State University Malheur Experiment Station
  • Optimal Efficiency in Gravity Water Distribution Systems, Jon Peggram, Rubicon Systems

Landscape Session

Efficient Irrigation for Landscape Applications

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 9:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

  • Long-term Performance of Smart Irrigation Controllers, Michael Dukes, PhD, University of Florida
  • Case Study: Retrofit Increases Water-use Efficiency on Tees, Russell Geiger, Hydrologic Irrigation Design, Consulting & Engineering
  • Evaluation of EPA’s Test for Pressure-regulating Sprinklers, Bernardo Cardenas, University of Florida
  • A New Generation of Smart Controllers, Parry Webb, Weathermatic
  • Evaluating Sprinkler Operational Efficiency Using SMS, Gary Klinefelter, IrriGreen
  • Rainfall Effects on Seasonal Weekly Irrigation Schedules, Charles Swanson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
  • Rainfall Data Resources for Florida Irrigators, Kati W. Migliaccio, PhD, University of Florida
  • The Benefits of Consumable Water Management Products, James J. Spindler, Ecologel Solutions LLC


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