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First irrigation water management school set for Jan. 30 at Jonesboro

STUTTGART, Ark. – Learn to make the best use of your irrigation this growing season through schools being offered by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

The Division of Agriculture is offering two types of schools: one for using Multiple Inlet Rice Irrigation, and the other a Surge and Soil Moisture Sensor School that covers surge valve use and layout. This school will also teach the basics of soil moisture sensors and how to use them to schedule irrigation.

The number of participants for each school is limited to 12-15 people.

The first school of the season is the Surge and Soil Moisture Sensor School being offered in Jonesboro on Tuesday, Jan. 30., at the Craighead County Extension Office, 611 E. Washington Avenue. The school begins at 9 a.m. It is sponsored by P and R Surge Irrigation of Lubbock Texas.

“The school is designed for those that want to use sensors in 2018, we prepare participants with all of the items needed so they can walk out the door and install and use sensors on their farm,” said Chris Henry, associate professor-Irrigation with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

The $400 cost of the school includes eight sensors, a slide hammer installation tool and a manual reader for those that do not have the tools needed to use sensors.

Henry said the industry has provided a deep discount on the supplies need to get started with sensors, so that participants can get the tools they need to use sensors effectively for irrigation.

The Surge and Soil Moisture Sensor School is supported by the Arkansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Board, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board, and the Natural Resource Conservation Service.

The schools will be offered as requested. If you would like to attend a school in your area, contact your county extension office to schedule. See a list of county offices here:

For more information on irrigation, contact your county extension office or visit


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