​​​Early Season Irrigation System Planning: Assessing Your Mid-Season Irrigation Margins​

March 2011 | 56 min., 41 sec.
by Howard Neibling
University of Idaho


​Production of high-yielding, high-quality potatoes requires careful irrigation to avoid crop water stress throughout the growing season. This presentation outlines a method of preseason irrigation planning to evaluate the adequacy of irrigation system capacity under a specific climate and soil conditions for normal and unusually high water-use years. For systems flagged as marginal or inadequate, suggestions are given for preseason equipment changes and water management strategies to produce a high-yield and high-quality potato crop.

About the Presenter

Howard NeiblingHoward Neibling has worked in various aspects of soil and water conservation and management for 32 years. He worked in federal research for USDA-ARS and in teaching and research at the University of Wyoming and the University of Missouri before coming to Idaho. He has worked as the Extension Water Management Engineer (State Extension Irrigation Specialist) for the University of Idaho for the past 19 years. Activities have involved field studies to better describe crop response to limited water, evaluation of irrigation-scheduling technologies, development of practical scheduling methods, use of drip irrigation for Idaho conditions and crops, and improved water management equipment and strategies for agricultural, urban, and small acreage homeowners. Dr. Neibling is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Idaho. He earned his BS and MS in Agricultural Engineering from Kansas State University and his PhD in Ag Engineering from Purdue.​

Contact Information:
Email: hneiblin@uidaho.edu


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