An Irrigation Energy Field Day will be held on Thursday, July 28, at the University of Missouri Delta Research Center in Portageville. The field day begins with check-in at 7:30 a.m. First tour begins at 8:00 a.m. and the field day concludes at 1 p.m.

The free half-day event will feature indoor sessions and outdoor tours. Speakers will address methods farmers can employ to reduce irrigation energy costs by identifying opportunities for increasing energy efficiency and showing how to conduct energy assessments and to calculate energy savings and simple payback.

In addition to speakers, the field day will include displays from companies in the irrigation industry. Vendors with products designed to reduce irrigation costs include manufacturers of wireless soil-moisture sensing units. These devices can text farmers when it’s time to irrigate.

The field day specifically targets the farming public facing escalating fuel prices.

While the field day is free, please pre-register online, or contact Van Ayers at (573) 568-3344 or, or Joe Henggeler at (915) 379-5431 or

Among the topics to be covered:

  • Phaucet, surge irrigation with John Hester, USDA-NRCS.
  • Pump efficiency with Joe Henggeler, University of Missouri – Portageville, Mo.
  • Weather station network for irrigation scheduling, Pat Guinan, University of Missouri – Columbia, Mo.
  • Center pivot rice, Gene Stevens, University of Missouri – Portageville, Mo.
  • Pivot re-nozzling, Scott Harn, Nelson Irrigation.
  • Funding opportunities for energy, Van Ayers, University of Missouri Extension – Bloomfield, Mo. USDA-NRCS.
  • Guidelines for irrigating with Poly-Pipe, Phil Tacker, Delta Plastics.
  • Irrigation system troubleshooting and safety, Earl Vories, USDA-ARS, Portageville, Mo.
  • Use of irrigation scheduling sensors, Ed Barnes, Cotton Inc. and Xavier Peres, Black Gold Potato.