Writer: D'Lyn Ford
LAS CRUCES - Agricultural producers can learn about conserving water through more efficient irrigation practices during a live, online drought management workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 19. The workshop, conducted by New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service, will be accessible statewide through computerized learning centers at local county Extension offices.
"This online presentation is a valuable opportunity for producers because they only have to travel as far as their county Extension office to participate," said Craig Runyan, Extension water resources specialist.
Presenters include Runyan, who is coordinating the workshop; Robert Flynn, Extension agronomist with NMSU's Agricultural Science Center at Artesia; and Bob Bevacqua, Extension vegetable specialist. Topics include mechanical irrigation systems, converting from furrow to drip irrigation, and irrigation scheduling and metering. The workshop will be interactive and attendees are encouraged to ask questions and participate in discussions.
"This is a very timely topic," Runyan said. "Although New Mexico has been getting rain recently with this monsoon season, it's premature to think that we're out of the drought," Runyan said.
He said the scheduling and metering portion of the program can also be beneficial to homeowners. "The two critical things for really efficient irrigation, whether for your lawn or on your crop, is knowing when to apply the water and how much you should apply to get good soil moisture to the roots."
For those unable to attend, the workshop will be archived for viewing at county Extension offices after the event. Other archived drought management presentations available for viewing are "Financial Management Strategies for Agricultural Producers" and "In-Home Water Conservation Practices."
If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the workshop, please contact your county Extension office in advance.
For more drought management information, Runyan suggests visiting NMSU's College of Agriculture and Home Economics World Wide Web site at www.cahe.nmsu.edu and the New Mexico Climate Center Web site at www.weather.nmsu.edu.
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