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Reminder: Register for the August 10th Irrigation Field Day in Big Lake, MN

The Irrigation Field Day is on Thursday August 10, 2023. Join us in Big Lake, MN and learn about the latest irrigation and nutrient management research in central Minnesota. 

Irrigation Field Day: August 10, 2023

University of Minnesota Extension invites you to a free field day at the Sand Plain Research Farm (SPRF) in Big Lake on Thursday, August 10th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The field day will highlight U of M research on advanced irrigation and nutrient management practices, and includes a complimentary dinner. 

Irrigation field day flyer
Many parts of Minnesota are currently facing drought conditions, and others are facing unusually dry conditions. This is our state's third year in a row of dry conditions, with almost no rain since early spring. In dry seasons when crop water demands are high, like the one we are experiencing right now, water availability for irrigation could be an issue later in the season. Using irrigation scheduling tools and advanced irrigation management practices, such as precision irrigation, can benefit the environment and improve farm profitability.

Different irrigation and nutrient management related topics will be covered including precision irrigation and nitrogen management in corn and potatoes, soil moisture sensing technology for irrigation scheduling, and enhanced efficiency fertilizers.


RSVPs are requested and can be found at


Free to attend


The farm is next to Knife River Corporation, which is located at 16491 157th St SE, Big Lake, MN 55309 (Google Maps). Extension event signs will direct you to the field day.


  • 4:00 - 4:15 pm: Welcome and registration
  • 4:15 - 4:35 pm: Vasudha Sharma - Reduced irrigation management strategies for corn production in Central Sands
  • 4:35- 4:55 pm: Vasudha Sharma and Yuxin Miao - Precision irrigation and nitrogen management strategies in continuous corn for improved water and nitrogen use efficiencies
  • 5:00 - 5:20 pm: Fabian Fernandez - Enhanced efficiency fertilizers for corn production in irrigated sands
  • 5:25 - 5:45 pm: Yuxin Miao, Carl Rosen and Seiya Wakahara - Precision nitrogen and irrigation management of potato to improve nitrogen and water use efficiencies and remove nitrate leaching
  • 5:50 - 6:30 pm: Soil moisture sensor demonstrations - Anna Kelley and John O’Dougherty from EarthScout and Chuck Louis from CropX
  • 6:30 pm onwards: Dinner and wrap up
If you have any questions about this event, contact Extension educator Taylor Herbert at 612-394-5229 or

Thank you to the sponsors of the Minnesota Irrigator Program and this associated field day: Anez Consulting, EarthScout, Nelson Irrigation, Minnesota Corn, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, R.D. Offut Farms, Lindsay Irrigation, and Senninger Irrigation.


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