Central Plains Irrigation Conference & Exposition

February 17-18, 2015 

City Limits Convention Center, Colby, Kansas

8:30 -10:00 am       Registration, Coffee &Exposition

10:00-11:30 am      Technical Sessions 1 & 4

11:30-1:00 pm        Lunch & General Session A

1:00-1:30 pm          Exposition

1:30-3:00 pm          Technical Sessions 2 & 5

3:00-3:30 pm          Break and Exposition Open

3:30-5:00 pm          Technical Sessions 3, 6, 7

5:00-6:30 pm          Social Hour - Exposition Open

7:30-8:30 am        Registration, Coffee & Exposition

8:30-10:00 am      Technical Sessions 3,4,5

10:00-10:30 am    Break and Exposition Open

10:30-12:00 pm    Technical Sessions 1,6

12:00-1:30 pm      Lunch & General Session B

1:30-3:00 pm        Technical Session 2,7

General Session A –  Lessons from 100 years of Agricultural Research in Northwest Kansas – Bob Gillen, Kansas State University

General Session B – The Potential of Technology and Precision Agriculture – Ajay Sharda, Kansas State University

Technical Session 1 –  The Crop Water Budget                                                                                     

  Agricultural crop water use – Danny Rogers, Kansas State University

  Effective use of crop rotation and residue for irrigated agriculture – Alan Schlegel, Kansas State University

  The effect of cover crops on the water budget in deficit irrigation rotations – John Holman, Kansas State University

Technical Session 2 – Optimizing Crop Water Productivity in a Variable Climate                  

Irrigation scheduling remains important for low capacity systems - Freddie Lamm, Kansas State University

Year to year variations in crop water use functions – Isaya Kisekka, Kansas State University

Long term water strategy planning using the Crop Water Allocator (CWA) – Danny Rogers, Kansas State University

Technical Session 3 – Sensor Technologies for Irrigation Management    

  Using canopy temperature as an indicator of plant stress – Jose Chavez, Colorado State University

  The potentialities of Small Unmanned Aircraft (SUA) for agriculture – Ajay Sharda, Kansas State University

  On-farm soil water sensor demonstration project – Jonathan Aguilar, Kansas State University

 Technical Session 4 – Advancements in Subsurface Drip Irrigation (SDI)                                    

SDI applications in Kansas and the US  - Jonathan Aguilar, Kansas State University

SDI and Mid-elevation sprays performance evaluation using weighting lysimeters – Steve Evett, USDA-ARS Bushland 

Frequently and not so frequently asked questions about SDI - Freddie Lamm, Kansas State University

Technical Session 5 – Advancements in Center Pivot Irrigation              

Improvements in nozzle packages – Bill Kranz, UNL

Center pivot track management options – Steve Melvin, Lindsay Irrigation

Zone edge effects in a windy environment - Susan O’Shaughnessy, USDA- ARS 

Technical Session 6 – Updates on Groundwater Issues              

Groundwater modeling tools for improved management – Brownie Wilson, Kansas Geological Survey

Water-Level Changes in the High Plains Aquifer of Kansas and Implications for Water Use – Don Whittemore, Kansas Geological Survey

Lessons from the Sheridan 6 LEMA – Bill Golden, Kansas State University

Technical Session 7 – Crop Options for Deficit Irrigation      

Crop rotations using limited irrigation - Joel Schneekloth, Colorado State University

Progress on canola production – John Holman, Kansas State University

A place for grain sorghum in deficit irrigation production systems? – Rob Aiken and Isaya Kisekka, Kansas State University


For more info call Donna Lamm, executive assistant, at 785-462-7574  or email donnalamm@yahoo.com

Sponsored by Colorado State University, Kansas State University, University of Nebraska, and Central Plains Irrigation Association

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