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Mar

Yolo County RCD Offers a FREE Irrigation Evaluation Workshop

The Sutter-Yolo Mobile irrigation Lab is a technical assistance program offered by Yolo County Resource Conservation District (RCD) and Sutter County RCD. Services offered by the Mobile Irrigation Lab are designed to provide growers with valuable information so they can optimize their irrigation system, improve the evenness of delivery to plants, and help save water and energy. Growers who sign up for a no-cost evaluation are also eligible for a free pump efficiency test (funding is limited).

The Sutter-Yolo Mobile Irrigation Lab is hosting an in-person workshop on Friday, April 21, 2023 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM at an orchard in Winters, CA. Growers and interested individuals are invited to attend to learn about best management practices for agricultural irrigation water conservation. The presentation will be conducted in English with translations available in Spanish and Punjabi.

During the workshop, the Mobile Irrigation Lab will demonstrate a typical irrigation evaluation. Areas of interest include the pump, submain valves, laterals, and flush-outs.  Tests for pressure and flow will be demonstrated, as well as a flush test for determining potential threats of clogging. The workshop will focus on distribution uniformity (the evenness of water application) and ways to improve system performance. Additional services provided by the Mobile Irrigation Lab will also be highlighted during the workshop.

Certificates of completion will be offered and an application for soil and water management CCA CE credits has been submitted. If you would like more information or are interested in attending this live workshop, please register by April 14th by visiting https://tinyurl.com/MIL-workshop or contacting Conor Higgins, Mobile Irrigation Lab Manager, at higgins@yolorcd.org or calling (530) 661-1688 ext. 4. To sign up for an irrigation evaluation directly, please visit https://tinyurl.com/yolomobilelab.