Five Irrigation Association continuing education units and 4.5 Certified Crop Advisor continuing education units are being offered to certified professionals attending the March 8 Oklahoma Irrigation Conference in Weatherford.
“Certified professionals need to keep written, supporting documentation for all continuing education activities and the conference is an excellent way to prove they are staying up to date on the latest practices, concerns and issues,” said Saleh Taghvaeian, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension water resources specialist.
The annual conference is essentially “one-stop shopping” where participants – be they certified applicators, agricultural producers or others – can receive the latest research-based insights and information about many irrigation-related subjects.
“Water is among the most important and in-demand resources in any state,” Taghvaeian said. “Participants will not only have an opportunity to hear and interact with some of the region’s top experts but also to compare notes with participating producers and others in their career fields.”
The conference will take place from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m. at the Pioneer Cellular Event Center, located at 900 N. 75th St., north of Interstate 40 on the campus of Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Registration is $15 per participant. Attendees are asked to pre-register no later than Feb. 28.
“Pre-registration greatly aids our planning and helps ensure we have sufficient lunches, refreshments and session materials on hand,” Taghvaeian said.
Registration forms are available onlineand through all OSU Cooperative Extension county offices.
Conference sessions will include irrigation management of corn and sorghum, water use in wheat-canola rotations under different grazing and tillage practices, how the Oklahoma Mesonet can benefit crop water use, maximizing energy and water efficiency with center pivot irrigation systems, soil and water quality considerations relative to irrigation, irrigation management techniques for peanut production, understanding cotton irrigation requirement and using soil moisture sensors to improve irrigation, among others.
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Sessions will be led by scientists and specialists from OSU’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
David Nowlin, Caddo County Extension director and agricultural educator, said the annual event has increasingly become recognized as the leading conference in the Texas Rolling Plains region and western Oklahoma for irrigation information.
“All levels of the agriculture industry – from local to national – have stepped in over the years to help support the annual conference,” Nowlin said. “We’ve also proven popular with state and regional media who recognize the value of reporting on the timely and relevant information presented at the conference. It’s one-stop shopping for them as well as producers.”
The March 8 conference is sponsored by the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service and the Oklahoma Water Resources Center. Anyone seeking additional information about the conference should contact Nowlin by email ator by phone at 405-247-3376.