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Jan. 23, 2018
By Mary HightowerU of A System Division of Agriculture
(Newsrooms: With file photo of Henry at a field day www.flickr.com/photos/uacescomm/14822002423)
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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
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
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: www.uaex.uada.edu//counties/default.aspx.
For more information on irrigation, contact your county extension office or visit
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal
access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to
participate or need materials in another format, please contact your county extension
office as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.
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Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A System Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) firstname.lastname@example.org