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In years past, irrigation stakeholders have facilitated early spring irrigation workshops for farmers and ranchers in the Pacific Northwest. Due to COVID-19, there are no workshops scheduled for 2021. Instead, BPA is providing cross-education activities typical of these events by creating a permanent location for presentations and videos that cover a variety of irrigation topics.

Stakeholders may consider group viewing events and/or subsequent discussion with co-workers or counterparts at other agencies or firms. Has your organization found a solution to a sticky irrigation challenge? Create a presentation, and we will help you record and post it on bpa.gov for others to view.  
​Videos
Video Description

Web Soil Survey - Part 1: Application Access

​Part 1 of a 3 part series on Web Soil Survey. This video covers information on the Web Soil Survey home page, ways to access the application, and explanation of the top ribbon of the application.

Web Soil Survey - Part 2: Set Area of Interest

​Part 2 of a 3 part series on Web Soil Survey. This video covers ways to set an Area Of Interest (AOI), limits for the AOI, and ways to change the display legend and imagery background.
Web Soil Survey - Part 3: Tabs and Downloads ​Part 3 of a 3 part series on Web Soil Survey. This video covers the various tabs of soil information, report settings, shopping cart, and download of soil data.
Shawn Nield Soil Survey Demo ​Shawn Nield leads you through a NRCS Soil Survey using Malta, ID as an example.
Measuring Pumping Plant Efficiency of a Typical Irrigation System ​In this video, Dr. Tom Scherer, North Dakota State University Agriculture Engineer, will explain how to perform a pumping plant efficiency test for an electric motor powered deep well turbine pump in a well.
Big Bertha: Pumping up Energy and Water Savings with a Variable Frequency Drive ​Big Bertha, one of the largest line-shaft turbine and irrigation pumps in central Oregon, is saving watts and water after a recent facelift. The Van Akens and Grossmans used incentives from Bonneville Power and Central Electric Cooperative to upgrade Big Bertha with a variable frequency drive.
​AG Irrigation Workshop Trailer Supercut ​Trailer of the Big Bertha, Meet Travis Wood and Measuring Pump Plant Efficiency videos. This trailer was shared at the Irrigation Workshop March 19, 2021.
Why Do Pumps Wear Out? ​BPA’s Dick Stroh explains the different types of irrigation pumps and how wear and tear from regular use causes them to wear out over time.
Irrigation Scheduling ​Troy Peters explains how to maximize irrigation efficiencies by applying the exact amount of water needed to optimize soil moisture levels.
Nozzle Sizing ​Troy Peters demos WSU's nozzle calculator and explains how to correctly size sprinkler nozzles to efficiently irrigate and keep crops happy.
​Soil Structure ​BPA's Travis Wood talks about the importance of soil structure and composition and explains how it impacts seasonal irrigation requirements.
 
Slide Decks
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Slide Deck Description
​ Irrigation Workshop ​Overview of new video content on the Ag Presentations and Videos page from the March 9 webinar.
​Quarterly Ag Meeting ​Slide deck from Quarterly Ag Meeting 6/8/21 that covers updated web content, IM and measure changes and drought consequences.
​Soil Structure ​Explains the importance of soil structure and composition and how it impacts seasonal irrigation requirements.
Why do pumps wear out? ​Explains the different types of irrigation pumps and how wear and tear from regular use causes them to wear out over time.
In the paper, Irrigation Water Management Strategies for Drought, co-authors Troy Peters and Maria Zamora-Re discuss strategies to minimize the impact of irrigation water shortages and limit the damage to crops.