Conducting proper timing and application of irrigation water means monitoring it effectively to make the most of every drop. The Center for Irrigation Technology (CIT) at California State University, Fresno is holding a free event from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 15 to help growers learn how soil and plant moisture monitoring techniques and equipment can help use water more efficiently while still maintaining a productive crop.

The workshop, Irrigation Water: Monitoring Tools to Make the Most Out of Every Drop, will show several soil and plant moisture monitoring systems that can be used to make the most of water supplies. Speakers from several different equipment companies will discuss their products and how they are used along with table displays of different equipment currently available to growers.

It will be held in the Water and Energy Technology Lab at the southwest corner of Barstow and Chestnut avenues.

Registration is available online at or by calling (800) 845-6038; seating is limited. The next seminar will be held Jan. 14, 2010 on WATERIGHT, a free Web-based water management tool.

Working for over 25 years to improve irrigation efficiency, the Center for Irrigation Technology at Fresno State is internationally recognized as an independent testing laboratory, applied research facility and educational resource for water and irrigation technology. The Irrigation Tech Seminar Series is funded by the California Department of Water Resources.

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