Beginning Farmer Workshop Series: Irrigation Basics

Monday, June 27, 2016     6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
University of Delaware
Carvel Research and Education Center, Thurman Adams Research Farm
16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, DE Meet at the Picnic Grove

As part of the University of Delaware Beginning Farmer Workshop series a workshop on irrigation basics will be held on Monday, June 27. James Adkins, agricultural engineer with the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension will lead the workshop.

Topics and activities will include:

Types of Irrigation – drip, hand move pipe, travelling gun, pivot

Tour the farm to see various types demonstrated

Flow and pressure requirements for each.

Setup Labor and economics discussion

Well/Pumps – pros and cons of centrifugal vs submersibles for use with each type of irrigation.

Crop water demands vs application demands

Water needs, timing, application method versus evaporation and disease.

Drip System Design

Pressure regulators, filters

Tape emitter sizes and spacing, flowrate, length of run

Trunk line design and layout, valving

Connection and hookup

Management, run times, pulsing, automatic controls


Injectors – pumps, siphons etc,


Products and timing

To register email Tracy Wootten ( or leave a message at (302) 236-0298.