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NMSU Cooperative Extension to host alternative irrigation workshop in Carlsbad

CARLSBAD, N.M. - New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service in Eddy County is hosting a workshop Dec. 17 in Carlsbad for producers who use surface water as a means of irrigation and would like to explore options other than flooding for water delivery.

Woods Houghton, agricultural Extension agent for Eddy County, said he has received many requests from area producers for information on alternative irrigation methods that are cost effective and water efficient.

"Through this workshop, I hope producers will get some thought-provoking ideas and information about linear irrigation systems before they consider putting that kind of system in," he said. "There are plusses and minuses to alternative irrigation systems and we want producers to have all the information before they make their choice."

A linear irrigation system allows for more equal distribution of water in a field and also eliminates a producer's need to hire an irrigator.

During the informal workshop, Blair Stringam, an NMSU agricultural engineer, will discuss linear irrigation systems versus circular irrigation systems, what kinds of filtrations are needed for the water and the pros and cons of using linear irrigation.

There will be time during the free workshop for attendees to ask questions.

The workshop is from 2-3 p.m. in the auditorium of the Eddy County Extension office at 1304 West Stevens, Carlsbad. For more information about the workshop, contact Houghton at 575-887-6595 or whoughto@nmsu.edu.