| The goal of the Mobile Irrigation Lab (MIL) program
is to provide educational programs and technical assistance
to Kansas agricultural producers. The Mobile Irrigation
Lab has two major components: 1.)Irrigation decision support software and training
2.)In-field evaluation of center pivot irrigation nozzle packages
The MIL classroom allows on-site hands-on educational
activities with specific emphasis on use of computer software.
The MIL equipment is used to conduct in-field evaluations
of center pivot systems and to collect in-field irrigation
and cropping system information. Specific educational
and technical assistance activities include:
KanSched, an ET based irrigation scheduling program, has
been developed and is available to aid irrigators in scheduling.
Hands-on computer training will be offered to producers. KanSched2 is a new release that has upgraded features and capabilities
Irrigation System Evaluation-
The MIL team has developed techniques that are used to evaluate
the distribution uniformity of center pivots for both above-canopy and in-canopy nozzle packages. IrriGages were developed to aid above-canopy evaluations as part of the MIL program.
FuelCost or on-line tools can be used to evaluate pumping plant efficiency or energy alternatives.
The Crop Water Allocator is a software program available to irrigators wanting to evaluate the best crop or mix of crops for a limited water supply. The program contains research based yield functions for typically irrigated crops in western Kansas. The program allows the producer to enter their own production costs.