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Four Corners Workshop Channels Irrigation Information

LAS CRUCES -Those interested in wise water use for farms and landscapes are encouraged to attend the fourth annual Four Corners Irrigation Workshop July 10-11 in Shiprock.


"As we progress deeper and deeper into a drought situation, we have to figure out how to more efficiently use our precious resource-water," said Mick O'Neill, and superintendent of the New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center at Farmington.

Both urban and rural residents can benefit from the workshop, which is sponsored by NMSU, Colorado State University, Utah State University, the University of Arizona and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, O'Neill said.

"There are a lot of people who irrigate but don't have farms. So this workshop is for irrigators from the Four Corners area and others concerned with the judicious use of water for irrigation, both home and agricultural irrigation."

Topics on the first day will include soil moisture measurement, gated pipe irrigation, low-cost sprinkler irrigation and drip irrigation design and management.

Other presentations will cover water management during drought, improvements in the Shiprock irrigation delivery system and sharing the water shortage along the San Juan River. Rick Arnold, NMSU's pest management specialist at Farmington, will discuss weed control. Dan Smeal, Farmington irrigation specialist, will talk about turf grass and xeriscaping.

The second day will include tours of an improved small-scale irrigated farm, the Diné College demonstration farm in Shiprock, the Farmington science center and the Navajo Indian Irrigation Project.

Events run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Registration is $10 per day and includes lunch. Accommodations can be made at the Farmington Marriott where a bus will transport participants to Shiprock each morning. Those interested can register by mail, e-mail or at the door.

For more information, or if you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate, contact O'Neill in advance at (505) 327-7757 or e-mail him at moneill@nmsu.edu.