Attend the Conference

Idaho Irrigation Equipment Show & Conference, January 7, 2021, Shilo Inn, 780 Lindsay Blvd., Idaho Falls, Idaho.

The Idaho Irrigation Equipment Show and Conference will be Thursday, January 7, 2021 at the Shilo Inn Convention Center (pending).  The trade show is from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There is no fee or registration.

The classes listed below were from the 2020 conference.  Similar classes will be offered and will be posted in October. Two asterisks (**) indicates the class will give one recertification credit for Idaho’s Private and Professional Applicator License. Bring your license with you! Certified Crop Adviser (*CCA) credits have been approved in these categories: Soil and Water (SW), Pest Management (PM) and Professional Development (PD). These classes can also be used for continuing education credits for the Irrigation Association.

2020 Irrigation Classes

8:00 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. (Select one class)
1. What is Mobile Drip Irrigation?– Monty Teeter, Dragon-Line, will explain the concept, development, design and the understanding of mobile drip irrigation for pivot and linear irrigation. (*1 SW) Orange Room
2. The Right Pump for Your Sump – Zachari Taylor, Layne Pumps Inc., will provide tips to know if your pump is performing properly and is sized and tailored to your application. The class will also briefly touch on system efficiency and the benefits of proper pump choice and design.
(*1 SW) Green Room

9:00 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. – Special Presentation

Updates from Washington D.C. and the 2018 Farm Bill – Clarence Prestwich and Alan Gillespie, National Agricultural Engineer and National Water Management Engineer for the NRCS. Hear about the Water Reuse Action Plan championed by EPA and other agencies; what the new Farm Bill has to offer and the effort to update and gather comments on NRCS Conservation Practice Standards. (*1 PD) Orange Room

10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. (Select one class)
1. VFD Ownership – 8 Great Things to Know Before, During and After the Sale – Tom Young, Precision Automation Systems. Purchasing a Variable Frequency Drive can be confusing, time consuming, and expensive. Owning a VFD can be worse. Learn the most important questions to ask, plus tips on how to increase your VFD’s life expectancy. (*1 PD) Orange Room
2. Irrigation Design and Management – Howard Neibling, University of Idaho, will discuss the challenges and solutions of managing irrigation systems with today’s climate variability. (*1 SW) Green Room

11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Electric Motor Preventative Maintenance – Tim Browne, Industrial Electric Motor Service, will teach tricks to keep a motor running and extend the life of a motor. (* 1PD) Orange Room

12:00 noon – 12:50 p.m. (Select one class)
1. **Chemigation and Idaho Ground Water – Daniel Sandoval, Idaho State Dept. of Agriculture. This presentation will discuss chemigation licensing and equipment requirements and present data from ISDA’s ground water project. (*1 PM) Orange Room
2. Remote Sensing Applications in Agriculture – Chad Scebold, Ceres Imaging, will present basic remote sensing principles and improve understanding of various image-based products. Practical examples from different crops and irrigation systems will be used as demonstrations to introduce key concepts and highlight how remote sensing can be used to save time and money. (*1 PD) Green Room

1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. (Select one class)
Idaho Department of Water Resources Water Measurement Program – Brian Ragan, Idaho Department of Water Resources, will discuss a day in the life of diversion volume data. (*1 SW) Orange Room
Filtration 101– Kevin Evans, Amiad. This class will highlight the principles of filtration and its applications. The presentation will explore the different types of filtration and which is best for irrigation applications. This class is for landscape contractors and growers. (*1 PD) Green Room

2:00 p.m. -2:50 p.m. (Select one class)
Idaho Water Supply Outlook – Jeremy Dalling, Bureau of Reclamation, will discuss current surface and ground water supply issues, current snow pack data, projected 2020 surface water supply and weather conditions. (1 SW) Orange Room
Advanced Filtration – Kevin Evans, Amiad, will go in depth about each type of filter in the market and explain the pros/cons of each system. He will discuss the different types of debris in Idaho’s water sources and how filtration applies. He will also explain design principles of filtration and how to troubleshoot a filtration system. (*1 SW) Green Room

3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Pump Station Design and Impact on Energy Costs – Daniel Moore and Troy Winward, Idaho Power Company. Examples of different pump configuration options, for example: Lead-Lag, Variable Frequency Drives, pressure zone dedicated pumps, and their associated energy costs will be discussed. They will also discuss how understanding demand charge can potentially save energy costs. (*1 PD) Orange Room