Mississippi farmers enjoyed an abundance of rainfall for much of the 2014 growing season. But veteran growers know it doesn’t take many dry days to turn a rainy season into a drought.
With that in mind, the Governor’s Delta Sustainable Water Resources Task Force is planning to host an Irrigation and Water Conservation Summit at the Delta Research and Extension’s Capps Center in Stoneville, Miss., Dec. 10. The opening session will begin at 9:30 a.m.
The event will begin with a general session followed by five breakout Sessions, each with five concurrent presentations. Growers, landowners, consultants, natural resource professionals and others may choose which presentation to attend during the breakout sessions.
Jason Krutz, Mississippi State University irrigation specialist, will present results from the 2014 MSU RISER program during the initial breakout session. Kay Whittington, director of the Office of Land and Water Resources at the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, will discuss the Governor’s Task Force progress during lunch.
The breakout sessions will include the following topics:
1. Maximizing Irrigation Efficiency in Rice
2. Maximizing Furrow Irrigation Efficiency in Corn, Cotton and Soybeans
3. Economics of Irrigation, Conservation and Water Availability
4. Using the New, Free Pipe Planner from Delta Plastics
5. Pump Performance to Increase Irrigation Efficiency
6. Cover Crops to Maximize Available Soil Water
7. Automated Irrigation Systems
8. Proper Use of Surge Values
9. Use of Meters as a Conservation Tool
10. Signing Up for NRCS Irrigation Management Practices
11. Maximizing Pivot Performance
Breakout Session speakers will include professionals from Mississippi State University, University of Arkansas, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, YMD Joint Water Management District, Delta Plastics, and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.
Farmers will also be coupled with several of the speakers to share their experiences related to the subject matter being discussed. Breakout Sessions will be offered twice during the day.
Lunch will be provided to those attending the event, but no registration is required.
“All producers, landowners, consultants, natural resource professionals and other interested parties are welcome to attend,” says Trey Cooke, executive director of Delta F.A.R.M., one of the organizers of the event. For more information about the Summit, you may contact Cooke at [email protected].