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New program aims to help Minnesota irrigators boost crop yields, save water

Minnesota Irrigators Program

Are you an irrigator concerned about matching your irrigation with crop water use? Are you wondering how to improve water use efficiency and reduce water costs? The University of Minnesota Extension is offering a new program, the Minnesota Irrigator Program (MIP), to help answer these questions and more.

This two-day event will be held in-person at U of M Extension’s Regional Office in St. Cloud on:
  • Day One: Wednesday, March 23rd from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 
  • Day Two: Wednesday, March 30th from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
The cost of this two-day program is $50. Breakfast and lunch are provided. Participation is capped at 25 individuals (20 growers and 5 agency staff), so be sure to register today! 
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With its sandy soils and limited precipitation, irrigation is a key component of production agriculture in the central region of Minnesota. Programming will include discussion of irrigation systems, how to use soil moisture sensors on your farm, irrigation scheduling, and special topics like variable rate irrigation and remote sensing.

In addition to learning about the most effective irrigation management practices, completing the MIP is one of the requirements to attain the Irrigation Endorsement of the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program. Certified farms will receive the endorsement with proof of attendance to this program and the adoption of a new irrigation practice or scheduling method on-farm. Continuing education credits (CEUs) for certified crop advisors will also be offered for attending the program.

If you can’t make it this year, don’t worry! We will be offering this program at rotating locations throughout the state in the coming years. For more information, go to

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