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Farmers working on merging irrigation technology into one system

By Kristi Pihl, Tri-City Herald

PATERSON — Steven Berg already can control irrigation pivots on his fields near Paterson using his cellphone or computer.But Berg Farms is taking that a step further, experimenting with technology that could allow farmers to grow crops more efficiently and profitably while conserving energy and water.

Irrinnet provides irrigation scheduling services for this experiment at Berg Farms.

Agriculture Irrigation Energy Efficiency: September 26-27 Field Days Invitation

On September 26 and 27, the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) is hosting Field Days at two of our Agriculture Irrigation Energy Efficiencyinitiative demonstration sites in Oregon and Washington.  These events are open to the public, and you are welcome to attend one or both days.

NEEA is working with Oregon State University, Irrinet, Valmont/Valley and other major vendors to bring to market a smart irrigation system built around scientific irrigation scheduling.  The system uses inputs taken from soil maps as well as soil moisture monitors and weather stations, and feeds them into an analytical database.  It then provides reports and recommendations for controlling irrigation hardware in an easy-to-use format, and allows for such actions as variable rate application. The goal is to improve profit per acre for the grower.  NEEA has no financial stake in this system — our sole purpose is to accelerate the market development of energy efficiency products and services.

We are currently conducting first year field tests of this irrigation system on sites in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.  We are going to showcase the early outcomes on Wednesday, September 26 at Madison Farms in Echo, Oregon, and Thursday, September 27 at Berg Farms in Paterson, Washington.  Additionally, we are hosting a product fair for major irrigation products and services on both sites.  We invite all interested area growers, local utility and agency representatives to join us.  Lunch will be provided.

Following is some logistical information.  The Madison Farms tour will be begin in a large tent at the actual test field.  For those attending the second day at Berg Farms, September 27, we will meet at the farm shop.  Signage will be provided to direct attendees to the locations.
September 26 (Madison Farms):
Meet at Madison Farms Field 18 (Lat 45.75, Long -119.36) Echo, OR 97838. See attached map and follow markings.  Please park vehicles on gravel road to avoid fires.

10:00            Welcome and introductions
10:15            Demonstrations
12:15            Lunch and product/service fair

September 27 (Berg Farms):
Meet in the shop at Berg Farms, 61502 West Lenzie Road, Paterson, WA 99345.

10:00            Welcome and introductions
10:15            Drive to demonstration site
10:30            Demonstrations
12:15            Drive back to Berg Farm’s shop
12:30            Lunch and product/service fair

RSVPs are required. To RSVP, please click here for one or both events.  If you have any questions, contact Lisa Cohrs at (503) 688-5416 by September 14.

Source: NEEA

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