February 15, 2021 | By: Katie Pratt
Lexington, Ky.

The University of Kentucky will host an irrigation workshop at 9 a.m. CST Feb. 18 on the videoconferencing platform Zoom. The workshop is sponsored by Kentucky Farm Bureau.

During the workshop, UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment specialists will provide an update on their irrigation research projects. Matt Dixon, meteorologist with the UK Ag Weather Center will discuss instances when irrigation is needed in Kentucky, based on historical weather events.

Only a small percentage of Kentucky grain producers regularly irrigate their crops, but many producers are interested in irrigation due to its potential benefits. Irrigation can keep crops from becoming stressed during dry periods, and it can help producers use the correct amount of inputs and may help those inputs remain in the field.

“Even though Kentucky receives a large amount of rainfall each year, it does not always receive the right rate or timing for crops,” said Chad Lee, director of the UK Grain and Forage Center of Excellence. “Properly timing irrigation is a challenge, but when done well, farmers can receive maximum yields with minimal additional water.”

Since Kentucky does not have a long history of irrigation, UK specialists have been working on various research projects to help producers learn how it can fit into their operation. These research efforts are supported by the Kentucky Small Grain Growers Association, Kentucky Soybean Board and the Kentucky Corn Growers Association.

Preregistration is required. To register, visit https://bit.ly/2ZwwGqh. Participants will receive a link to connect to the meeting.

Certified Crop Advisors can receive two hours of continuing education in soil and water management.

The virtual event will occur regardless of weather. Organizers will share presentations on YouTube following the workshop.


Chad Lee, chad.lee@uky.edu; Colette Laurent, colette.laurent@uky.edu