Water-use efficiency will be highlighted at the annual High Plains Irrigation Conference and Trade on Jan. 17. The program, to be held at the Amarillo Civic Center, Amarillo, TX, will be hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas Agricultural Irrigation Association.

“We have made some large advances recently in irrigation management,” says Nicholas Kenny, AgriLife Extension irrigation specialist. “Now producers are looking for the next steps to fine-tune their water-use efficiency. This program will feature many speakers who will introduce or expand upon some cutting-edge ideas.”

Topics will include: natural gas generation unit; variable frequency drives; irrigation management tools; highly efficient natural gas engines; non-traditional influences such as insects, fungicides and fertilizers on crop water use; tillage and residue management; efficient irrigation systems; and soil conditioners.

A trade show will include about 30 booths from the irrigation industry, area groundwater districts and educational institutions, Kenny says. Cost: $30/person. For more information, go to taia.org. Or contact Kenny at 806-677-5600 or npkenny@ag.tamu.edu.