News and Events

New Publication

The Basics of Micro Irrigation by Scott Sanford & John Panuska – Bulletin A4119, University of Wisconsin-Extension.

The publication is a comprehensive resource for the beginner and the seasoned user of micro or drip irrigation. The publication covers the basics of laying out a system, types of components, recommendations for different crops, determining watering rates and times, maintenance and much more. You can download a free copy at the Learning Store –

Updated Ag Weather Website

As some of you found out this past summer our server that hosted the Ag Weather site that supplied reference ET values had a catastrophic failure and due to the age of the equipment and outdated software it couldn’t be fixed in a timely manner for the growing season. We are working diligently to ensure it is running for the 2017 growing season. You can now log in and setup the ET email service for next spring at  An updated version of the WI Irrigation Scheduling Program will also be available for next spring. We will announce it when it is ready and offer some training sessions on its use.

If you have any questions, please contact John Panuska

How to handle small rain events   –

Dean Steele from North Dakota State University discusses in the July 2016 Water Spouts Issue, page 2, recommendation on how to handle small rainfall events with regards to irrigation scheduling. July 2016 Water Spouts


Irrigation Investment DST – Webinar – September 21, 2016 at 11 AM ET

Presented by: Ben Gramig, Ph.D., Purdue University

During this 30 minute training webinar you will learn about: – Tool features and functions, – interpreting results, – data inputs and sensitivities, – finding additional resources. Register at:

More information is at:

Water Spouts – Monthly Irrigation Newsletter from North Dakota Cooperative Extension (posted 3-7-2016)

This newsletter is published from May to October and contains helpful items to aid in doing a better job at irrigation. In the September 2015 newsletter there was an article on the time required for a pivot to apply various depths of water based on different well capacities. This could be helpful for determining how much water was applied based on the time it took the pivot to complete a rotation. A link to Water Spouts in in the Other Resources page under University websites.

New Smart Phone App    (posted 2-24-2016)

New App for determining the Percent Canopy Cover that is needed for the WISP Irrigation Scheduling program is listed on the Other Resources page under the Smart Phone Apps heading.

Wisconsin Irrigation Scheduling Program Training (WISP)  (Posted 2-24-2016)

Training will be held March 4 from 1 to 4 PM at the Hancock Agricultural Research Station in Hancock. Training will introduce the features of the web-base irrigation scheduling program and help participates start setting up some fields. This is a hands on training. Pre-registration is required. Fill out the registration form WISP workshop brochure-2016 and email to or Fax to 608-262-1228. Questions? Contact Scott Sanford at 608-262-5062.