Water University Events Master Gardener Specialist – Irrigation Efficiency Training (AgriLife)

Master Gardener Specialist – Irrigation Efficiency Training
March 26-28, 2018
Pre-payment is Required by March 19, 2018. No refunds will be given after March 22nd.
To Register and submit payment, please Click Here


The Master Gardener Specialist – Irrigation Efficiency training will cover hands-on practices for determining irrigation efficiency, setting controllers, setting a cycle and soak schedule, make minor irrigation repairs, system trouble shooting, catch-can test, converting spray irrigation nozzles to water conserving heads, converting spray irrigation to drip irrigation and other water conservation practices.

Master Gardener Irrigation Efficiency Specialists will volunteer 20 hours above their current volunteer obligation, train Master Gardeners in their county, present the information to at least 3 other groups and do a catch can demonstration for Master Gardeners, a garden club, neighborhood association or civic organization.

Only 15 participant spots are available for this training. Registration is first come/first served basis.

Agenda:

Monday, March 26
9:00 am Overview: Why We Are Here. Awareness, Expectations, Obligations and Limitations and Landscape Irrigation and Water Issues

Learning Objective: Understand state and regional water supply problems and the relationship and importance of landscape irrigation conservation

  1. State and Regional water planning and most recent projections
  2. State laws, regulations and licensing certification programs related to landscape irrigation
  3. Local ordinances and programs

12:00 noon     Lunch provided
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Success Story - Bexar County Master Specialist – Irrigation Efficiency
Classroom Session of Basic Irrigation Components and Basic Irrigation System Troubleshooting as related to Water Conservation

Learning Objective: Know how to identify the most common problems and landscape irrigation systems from a water conservation perspective

  1. General overview of application devices and their operation
  2. Field exercises on how to identify and document common problems that affect water use efficiency (“system troubleshooting”)
  3. Adjustments that can easily be done by a homeowner

Tuesday, March 27
9:00 – 12:00 noon Field/Site Session of Basic Irrigation Components and Basic Irrigation System Troubleshooting as related to Water Conservation

Learning Objective: Know how to identify the most common problems and landscape irrigation systems from a water conservation perspective

  1. Field exercises on how to identify and document common problems that affect water use efficiency (“system troubleshooting”)
  2. Adjustments that can easily be done by a homeowner
  3. Catch can test to determine precipitation rate

12:00 noon – 1:00 pm Lunch provided
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Water Utility Representative
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm        

Classroom Session - Producing an irrigation schedule for a home landscape

Learning Objective: How to measure the precipitation rate of sprinklers to use along with ET to produce an irrigation schedule, including run times and number of irrigation runs per week

  1. Concepts of ET, crop coefficients and soil-water-plant relations
  2. Software and web-based tools for producing irrigation schedules 

Wednesday, March 28
9:00 am – 12:00 noon Classroom Session - Setting Irrigation Controllers

Learning Objective: Learn what types of controllers are available and how to use/program them

  1. Overview of types of controllers
  2. Programming electronic (non-mechanical) controllers
  3. Operation and management of ET (“Smart”) controllers
  4. Landscape Management Practices that Encourage Water Conservation

Learning Objective: Learn how soil preparation, plants selection and mulch will make a difference for irrigation efficiency

  1.       Drip irrigation 

Learning Objective: Learn how drip irrigation is more efficient, easy to install or convert a regular irrigation system to drip

12:00 noon – 1:00 pm Lunch provided
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Resources: Power Points and Fact Sheets, Irrigation Demonstration Boxes, Mission/Charge, Accountability, Evaluation


Cost: $250.00

Registration fee of $250.00 per person that includes:
*Irrigation Efficiency Master Gardener Specialist Manual
*Power Points, evaluations, and report form for public presentations
*Three lunches (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday) *Please let us know about any special dietary needs
*Snacks and drinks will also be provided each day

Reimbursement $50.00 for State Master Gardener Coordinator

Once training and volunteer hours are complete, reimbursement is available at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1-rxf7suh-MV21EN1g5QWJKV1U/view

Irrigation Demonstration Box (Optional) $250.00

Irrigation demonstration box is available at an additional cost. Each box has over $250.00 of equipment. This demonstration box may be purchased by the County Master Gardener Association to keep at the county office or by the individual Master Gardener. We want to make this offer separately from tuition to keep down the cost of the training.

Travel

Participants will need to provide their own travel and hotel arrangements. If you are looking to car pool or for a roommate, let us know. Dress appropriately for outdoor activities. A listing of surrounding hotels will be provided with receipt of the registration form.


Monday, March 26 - Wednesday, March 28, 2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center
Education Building, Classroom E
17360 Coit Road
Dallas, Texas 75252


Pre-payment is Required by March 19, 2018. No refunds will be given after March 22nd.
To Register and submit payment, please 
Click Here

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