LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Innovative and inexpensive ways to measure water use in the field will be in the spotlight at an agricultural water management workshop at New Mexico State University's Leyendecker Plant Science Research Center March 5.
Southern New Mexico farmers aren't expected to receive much more irrigation water than they did last year from the Elephant Butte and Caballo reservoirs – about 11 inches an acre, said officials with the Elephant Butte Irrigation District.
The continuing shortage puts a premium on available water. "We want to help producers use the water they have as efficiently as possible," said Craig Runyan, a water quality specialist with NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service.
NMSU's Extension Service is sponsoring the free workshop, which begins at 10 a.m. at the Leyendecker center, located 8 miles southeast of Las Cruces on Hwy. 28.
Zohab Samani, an irrigation expert with NMSU's civil and geological engineering department, will show an inexpensive, portable flume that accurately measures water delivery to the field. Marge Paroissien, a graduate assistant with NMSU's agronomy and horticulture department, will demonstrate several new soil moisture probes that are both effective and cost-efficient.
George Dickerson, a horticulture specialist with NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service, will demonstrate permanently placed soil moisture meters.
For more information, or if you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the meeting, please contact Leeann DeMouche at (505) 646-3973 or firstname.lastname@example.org before the event.
Norman Martin is an editor with New Mexico State University.