Nevada sets alfalfa/hay grower drought workshops
With the 2014 drought looming, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is offering workshops to give the state’s agricultural producers, particularly alfalfa and grass hay producers, information to help them prepare for the drought. Topics will include water availability, recommended irrigation practices, insurance options and an outlook on prices.
According to Nevada Cooperative Extension, 100% of cropland in Nevada is irrigated, and more than 90% of it is used to produce hay.
“There are things producers can do in terms of irrigation methods and scheduling to maximize their crops under these conditions,” said Cooperative Extension’s Jay Davison, an alternative crops specialist who conducts research related to irrigation efficiency, as well as alternative crops that use less water.
Davison will discuss soil texture, water-holding capacity, irrigation scheduling, the relationship between evapotranspiration and crop yield, how to determine evapotranspiration in the field, plant response to drought, and irrigation strategies that result in maximum yields under conditions of limited irrigation water.
In addition, Cooperative Extension’s Staci Emm, Mineral County Extension educator, will provide an overview of risk management crop insurance programs for agriculture producers. Agriculture Economist Mike Helmar, from the University’s Center for Economic Development at the College of Business, will provide an outlook on alfalfa and grass hay prices. Finally, local irrigation district officials and others will provide information on water availability, including irrigation updates.
Dates and locations include:
• March 20, 6 p.m., Churchill County Cooperative Extension Office, Fallon, Nev. This session will also be available at the Lincoln County Cooperative Extension Office, Caliente, via videoconference. Call 775-945-3444, ext.12.
• April 1, 1 p.m., Eureka County Courthouse, Eureka.
• April 14, 1 p.m., Walker River Paiute Tribe Learning Center, Schurz.
• April 14, 6 p.m., Lyon County Cooperative Extension Office, Yerington.
• April 29, 6 p.m., CVIC Hall, Minden. This session will discuss irrigation practices only, and is part of the Agriculture Innovation Series Forum, where small-acreage equipment and services will also be discussed.
Those attending are encouraged to preregister by calling 775-945-3444, ext. 12 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure ample space and educational materials are available. Persons in need of special accommodations or assistance should call at least three days prior to the scheduled workshop they will be attending.