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Minnesota Irrigator Program Hosting 2nd Year in Farmington

Dr. Vasu Sharma presenting at the MIP summer field day in Belgrade, MN 2022.

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 the Minnesota Irrigator Program (MIP), to help answer these questions and more.

This 3-day event will be held in person at U of M Extension’s Regional Office in Farmington, MN on Wednesdays, March 1st, 8th, and 15th from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

With its sandy soils and limited precipitation, irrigation is a key component of production agriculture in the central region of Minnesota. Programming will include a 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, MIP attendance 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 MIP attendance, 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 this 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. Participation is capped at 25 individuals (20 growers and 5 agency staff), so be sure to register today! The cost of this 3-day program is $75. Breakfast and lunch are provided. For more information and to register, go to https://z.umn.edu/MIP23registration

Thank you to our sponsors and partners: Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Lindsay Irrigation, Nelson Irrigation, Senninger, Annez Consulting, EarthScout

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