Surge Valve and Soil Moisture schools run from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
February 11—Jonesboro: Craighead County Extension Office, 611 East Washington Ave., Jonesboro, AR, 72401
February 13—Walnut Ridge: Lawrence County Library Meeting Hall, 115 West Walnut Street, Walnut Ridge, AR, 72476
February 18—Dumas: Dumas Community Center, 18 Belmont Street, Dumas, AR, 71639
March 3—Searcy: White County Extension Office, 2400 Old Searcy Landing Road, Searcy, AR, 72143
March 6—Weiner: Weiner Rice Festival Building, 208 Kings Highway, Weiner, AR, 72479
Surge Valve and Soil Moisture Sensor School: In this school the basics of surge valves, soil moisture sensors, and some soil physics will be discussed with practical exercise programming. Different sensor types and how water retention curves are developed is covered. How to use a new mobile app to interpret sensor data in Arkansas soils will be demonstrated. Site selection is discussed and practice installing sensors, weather allowing. In this workshop participants will build one complete set of manual read Watermark sensors. The cost of this is $500; which includes four Watermark sensors ($28 each), a manual reader ($200), slide hammer ($200), and a soil probe. To individually purchase these items from vendors would cost over $600. All tools and necessary supplies are provided, participants will be ready to install sensors and program surge valves in the spring. Cost $500 for up to four people from one farm. Cost can be adjusted if participants already have purchased sensors to build, have a slide hammer, and/or a manual reader. Bring these items to the school and only pay for the items you need. The cost of the workshop is only to defray the cost of supplies and irrigation tools and for the convenience of the participants in obtaining the tools necessary to start using sensors.
8:30 a.m. Surge Valve School (no cost)
10 a.m. Break
11 a.m. Soil Sensor School (no cost)
Noon Lunch (provided)
1:30 p.m. Hands on Learning to build Watermark Sensors ($500)
3 p.m. Adjourn
To Register: Registration is required. Space is limited to 20 participants. Call Greg Simpson at 870.243.2604. Bring check payable to the “University of Arkansas”. Support for these schools are being provided by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board, US Forest Service, Arkansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Board, Arkansas Rice Research and Promotion Board.