The event will focus on technologies to help produce an economically viable crop while conserving ground water use.
Connecting today's producers and crop consultants with the latest in irrigation technology and research is the focus of the Texas Alliance for Water Conservation's (TAWC) Water College set for Wednesday (Jan. 20) at Lubbock's Bayer Museum of Agriculture.
The event is an opportunity to learn the latest innovative technologies and techniques to produce an economically viable crop while using a conservative amount of irrigation water, said Rick Kellison, project director for the TAWC. Program topics will range from grain sorghum, corn and cotton management options to a weather and climate outlook.
Experts in the industry who will present are Roric Paulman, co-founder of the Water Balance Alliance; Brent Bean with Sorghum Checkoff; Bech Bruun, chairman of the Texas Water Development Board; Bob Glodt from Agri-Search, Inc.; Kater Hake, vice president of agricultural and environmental research at Cotton Inc.; Brian Bledsoe, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Colorado State University; Cody Draft with Pioneer Hi-Bred; Sid Miller, commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture; and Craig Bednarz from Bayer CropScience.
Registration for the event will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the program starting at 9 a.m. Cost of attendance is free. Continuing education unit credit will be given and lunch will be provided.
The Texas Alliance for Water Conservation is a unique partnership of producers throughout eight Texas counties, data collection technologies and collaborating partners that include individual industries, universities and government agencies. The TAWC project was made possible through a grant from the Texas Water Development Board.
Local irrigation supply companies, farm equipment dealers, farm credit businesses and commodity groups will have display booths and be available to answer questions and give details to attendees. Sponsors for this event include Bayer CropScience, Sorghum Checkoff, Cotton Inc., DuPont Pioneer, Eco-Drip, Texas Sorghum Producers, Texas Corn Producers, AgTexas Farm Credit, Plains Cotton Growers, Capital Farm Credit, Diversity D Irrigation Services, Zimmatic Irrigation Services, Lubbock Electric, Hurst Farm Supply, Watermaster Irrigation, Texas Tech University Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics, and High Plains Underground Water District.