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K-State Today

January 23, 2015

Kansas to host Central Plains Irrigation Conference Feb. 17-18

Submitted by Katie Allen

The 2015 Central Plains Irrigation Conference and Exposition will be Feb. 17-18 at the City Limits Convention Center, Colby, Kansas. The popular annual event focused solely on irrigation-related topics is hosted in Kansas every third year. Sponsors include Kansas State University, Colorado State University, the University of Nebraska and the Central Plains Irrigation Association.

On the conference side of the event, technical session topics include the crop water budget, optimizing crop water productivity in a variable climate, sensor technologies for irrigation management, advancements in subsurface drip irrigation and center pivot irrigation, updates on groundwater issues and crop options for deficit irrigation.

Bob Gillen, head of tri-center operations for K-State Research and Extension's Western Kansas Agricultural Research Centers, will present the first day general session on lessons from 100 years of agricultural research in northwest Kansas. Ajay Sharda, assistant professor in K-State's biological and agricultural engineering department, will lead a general session about the potential of technology and precision agriculture on the second day of the event.

The conference includes a menu-driven program, so participants can choose what to attend during the two days. The exposition will allow for industry representatives and irrigators to interact.

Read a full list of sessions and presenters and get the registration form. Register early by Jan. 30 at a discounted rate of $85 per person. After Jan. 30, registration is $100 per person. The fee covers access to technical and general sessions, the exposition and on-site meals. For more information, contact Donna Lamm at 785-462-7574 or donnalamm@yahoo.com.