Conservation Matters September 2017

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Maverick County agricultural irrigation field day set for Sept. 13 in Eagle Pass

Maverick County agricultural irrigation field day set for Sept. 13 in Eagle Pass

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) is hosting an educational field day focusing on water conservation in irrigated agriculture for agricultural producers Sept. 13 in Eagle Pass.

The event is free and will take place from 8 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at the Maverick County Junior Livestock Show Meeting Room, 2350 E. Main St. Registration will begin at 8 a.m.

The workshop is being co-hosted by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas Water Development Board.

Dr. Lucas Gregory, TWRI research scientist, College Station, said the event is open to anyone interested in irrigation water conservation, but attendees are required to preregister.

The workshop will include speakers from AgriLife Extension, Texas Water Development Board and U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Gregory said presenters will discuss recent advances and practices in irrigation water conservation, the economics of water conserving practices and irrigation scheduling.

“Information conveyed will highlight some of the newer tools in irrigation management and include practical discussions on integrating them into existing operations,” he said.

Oscar Galindo, AgriLife Extension agent for Maverick County, said information on irrigation water quality and a pecan production update will also be presented.

“Water quality is becoming a bigger concern as supplies decrease and demand increase,” Galindo said. “Add drought to the equation and irrigation management becomes quite critical. This program will have some good information that can help producers both when water is scarce and plentiful.”

The full agenda is available. For more information, contact Gregory at 979-845-7869 or LFGregory@ag.tamu.edu.

Funding for this event is provided by the Texas Water Development Board through an Agricultural Water Conservation Grant to AgriLife Extension. 

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