The Delta States Irrigation Conference is joining forces with the National Conservation Systems Cotton and Rice Conference and two other educational meetings to provide an even broader array of production and marketing information for farmers.
The Delta States Irrigation Conference, which was started by irrigation specialists in the Mid-South states in 2014, will be held in conjunction with the NCSCRC, which will be held in Memphis, Tenn., Jan. 12-14.
“We believe the Delta States Irrigation Conference is a natural fit with our other conferences that have grown up with the National Conservation Systems Conference over the years,” says John LaRose, who organized the first NCSCRC meeting 19 years ago and serves as chairman of the Conference Steering Committee.
The DSIC attracted more than 150 farmers and industry members in its inaugural meeting in Sikeston, Mo., in December 2014. The meeting featured two days of presentations by university researchers, Extension specialists, growers and private industry representatives.
The Irrigation Conference sessions will be held concurrently with presentations for the National Conservation Systems Cotton and Rice Conference, the Southern Corn and Soybean Conference and the Southern Precision Ag Conference, which will all be held at the Hilton Hotel and convention Center in Memphis, Tenn., beginning on the morning of Jan. 12.
“This conference has the reputation of being the No. 1 place where producers can learn the latest production methods and techniques being utilized by the leading ag producers, researchers and the ag industry,” said LaRose.
Presentations for the DSIC will include:
- USB Mid-South Irrigation Update, Dr. Chris Henry, University of Arkansas
- Pipe Planner/Phaucet, Chris DeClerk, Delta Plastics, and Steve Stevens, producer, Tiller, Ark.
- Surge Irrigation, Dr. Jason Krutz, Mississippi State University, and Trey Koger, producer, Belzoni, Miss.
- Soil Moisture Sensor Strategies, Stacia Davis, LSU AgCenter, and Ryan Frey, producer, Louisiana
- Corn Irrigation Strategies, Dr. Krutz
- Cotton Irrigation Strategies, Dr. Darren Dodds, Mississippi State University, and Nick King, consultant from Mississippi
- Pivot-irrigated Rice, Earl Vories, University of Missouri-Delta Center
- Alternate Wetting and Drying Irrigation Practices for Rice, Richard Atwill, Mississippi State University, and Carter Murrell, producer from Mississippi
- Pump Evaluations, Dr. Henry
The conferences are sponsored by Cotton Incorporated, US Rice Producers Association and the United Soybean Board in cooperation with MidAmerica Farm Publications.
Academic co-sponsors are Auburn University, University of Arkansas, LSU AgCenter, Mississippi State University, University of Missouri, University of Tennessee and Texas A&M University. Technical co-sponsors include USDA-ARS National Soil Dynamics Laboratory, Conservation Systems Research, Auburn, Ala., USDA-ARS National Sedimentation Laboratory, Oxford, Miss., and USDA-NRCS, Washington.
For more information about the conferences, visit www.mafg.net.