Irrigation Water Management 2013 Service Request (PDF)
News Release | NRCS Irrigation Scheduling
Information about Irrigation and Water in LaPorte County (PDF)
Funding For Irrigators through AWEP
Once again, producers in La Porte County who irrigate cropland in the Kankakee River watershed have an opportunity to receive grant funds under a new USDA program that is part of the 2008 Farm Bill. Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP) is a new conservation initiative that focuses on improving overall irrigation system efficiency to conserve water use and improve water quality. This voluntary program is administered through NRCS. Producers are encouraged to apply for AWEP (a part of Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) early as funds are limited and based on a competitive ranking.
To assist producers with evaluating the efficiency of their irrigation systems, the La Porte County Soil and Water Conservation District is providing an Irrigation Technician this and future summers to assess uniformity of watering systems and to help with irrigation scheduling. Producers who irrigate can request assistance for evaluation of up to two systems. A web-based scheduling tool aids producers in determining when water should be applied and how much in order to achieve optimum yields for several different soil types and irrigated crops. Producers do not have to be enrolled in either AWEP or EQIP to receive these services.
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Soil Moisture Probe
This includes 5 probes per field/site
Uniformity Testing evaluates even water distribution, comparing actual vs. desired watering. It also recommends system upgrades and/or changes.
This includes: soil type, water holding capacity, crop type, application rates, rainfall, and heat units.
- Payout to farmers
- System upgrades assistance
- Increased efficiency
- Increase resource utility
- Responsibility of farmers: report rainfall and water application
- Reasonable Cost
"One of the systems that were checked was outfitted with improper sprinkler fittings, resulting in an application of up to 5 inches instead of the ½ inch desired water application. The recommendation was to replace the sprinkler heads. Since then the system has been very efficient."
- Irrigation Technician
Zach Lindborg, Irrigation Technician
Office: 219-326-6808, ext. 2116
Or contact us for additional information
LaPorte USDA Service Center
219-363-6633, ext 3
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