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Irrigation timing, technology headline Jan. 16 conference

Producers trying to maximize water resources and meet the demand to produce more corn can find the latest information on irrigation technology and timing at the annual irrigation conference in Amarillo, said a Texas Cooperative Extension specialist.

The High Plains Irrigation Conference and Trade Show is scheduled for Jan. 16 at the Amarillo Civic Center, said Leon New, Extension irrigation specialist and agricultural engineer. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $15 and includes a catered lunch.

"We want to present current information that will help growers make wise decisions in preparing for the approaching crop season," New said.

Program topics will include pump efficiency, power and pumping cost; matching crop acreage to available irrigation; crop water management; crop production and economics; and biofuel crops, he said.

A highlight will be a growers' panel, New said. Growers continually make changes in their irrigation system and fuel needs, crops grown, marketing strategies, chemicals applied, tillage practices, equipment purchased and other management practices to offset increasing production costs. This year's conference includes five experienced growers who will share how they have changed to confront the challenge.

Continuing education units have been applied for and will be offered for pesticide applicators, certified crop advisers and Irrigation Association certified irrigation designers. For more information, contact New at 806-677-5600.

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