Irrigation/Environmental Track Program

The Irrigation/Environmental Track offers seminars targeted to help anyone with questions about irrigation or irrigation systems.

11:00 AM-12:00 PM, Wednesday, December 6
Cleaning Pesticide Contaminated Clothing – Thia Walker, CSU Extension (1 Credit Core)
Are your pesticide-contaminated clothes getting clean enough? Learn about the results of a CSU/UWY study comparing agitator washers to high-efficiency washing machines for decontaminating pesticide-exposed clothing.

2:00 PM-3:00 PM, Wednesday, December 6
Aquatics– Brad & Travis Matoush, Underwater Repair Specialists 1 Credit Cat 108
Aquatic plant identification and treatment methods mainly.  We will also discuss chemical treatments in irrigation ponds vs non irrigation ponds. 
3:00 PM-4:00 PM, Wednesday, December 6
Simple Ways to Maximizing Irrigation Efficiency–Troy Leezy, Hunter Industries
This class will look at the importance of matched precipitation rate sprinklers and how that can effect an irrigation schedule.   In addition we will also briefly look at how sprinkler and nozzle selection effects distribution uniformity as we strive for better turf health and to be more efficient with your sites resources.  

8:00 AM-9:00 AM, Thursday, December 7
Pressure Regulation & its impacts on Performance of Sprinklers – Brent Mecham, Irrigation Association
Proper pressure is an essential aspect for proper sprinkler performance and it impacts the amount of water being applied to the landscape. Pressure regulation can take place at the point of connection, at the zone control valve or at the sprinkler. The seminar will help you understand the ways to control and regulate excessive pressure correctly. 
10:00 AM-11:00 AM, Thursday, December 7
Drone Technology – Dan Staley, Arbor Drone, LLC
Landscape and Turfgrass Management with Drones: New opportunities for the industry
This presentation will outline the capabilities and limitations of drones to analyze constructed landscapes and turfgrass.
Attendees will be able to make a business case for or against the use of drones in their operation – bids, monitoring, assessments, measurements, mapping, irrigation efficiency, and aerial analysis of turfgrass and landscape health will be discussed. Attendees will understand the uses of drones, details of capabilities, and the costs of aircraft appropriate for the industry. Attendees will learn about new laws, privacy, training, what to expect in the field when using drones, and whether hiring third-party pilots are a viable option for their operation. Attendees will walk away from this session with the knowledge they need to help make a decision about the use of drones for their operation.
11:00 AM-12:00 PM, Thursday, December 7
Irrigation Pump Selection, Efficiency and Design– Bill Beard, Rain Bird Corp, Bryan Campbell, Rain Bird Corp
Please join Bill Beard, the General Manager of Rain Bird’s Systems Manufacturing Division for an engaging discussion on pump selection, efficiency, and design considerations.  Bryan Campbell, Rain Bird’s Senior Project Sales Manager for Golf will also present information to take into account for efficient operation of golf course pump stations.  

12:00 PM-1:00 PM, Thursday, December 7
Soil Sensor Technology– Bret Ramsey, Rain Bird Corporation
Soil sensor technology is moving forward rapidly and sensors of today are reporting more details with greater accuracy.  Tracking data from soil sensors over time offers new insights to what is happening in the root zone.  This course will review capabilities of state of the art sensors and discuss the pros and cons of fixed position and portable soil sensors.  Interpreting feedback from sensors and controlling irrigation based upon sensor data will also be discussed.


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