April – June 2021
If you irrigate on your farm — or plan to, large or small scale — then this four-part webinar series by irrigation designers Bruce Naka and Andrew Bennett will help you save time, save money, and grow more with better irrigation practices.
Based on common problems and great solutions Bruce and Andrew have observed on farms across the Kootenay and Boundary regions, they’ve condensed the core fundamentals of good design and management into a few short sessions.
Watch recorded presentations and discussion/question time with Andrew and Bruce.
• “Irrigation Anatomy” introduces the A to Z of irrigation, from intakes and wells, through the maze of components for ideal pressure, flow, and water quality, out to headers, laterals, and emission systems.
• “Design Part 1” takes the mystery out of design, with a strong focus on sizing lines and laying out laterals to meet your farm’s needs based on principles of hydraulics.
• “Design Part 2” looks at delivery equipment, from subsurface drip to wheelmoves to pivots and guns, comparing differences in efficiencies, application rates, uniformity, labour, maintenance, and cost.
• “Scheduling and Monitoring” Bruce Naka, CID, shows how much and how often crops need water in different soils and weather. Identify soil textures, estimate soil water storage, get evapotranspiration data from weather stations, adjust it for your crop, and then make a schedule. Adjust this guesswork by observations or measurements of soil moisture, and finally dial it into a controller with a “seasonal adjust” feature to save you time and money!