CSU Irrigation Water Management
Summary: This short course describes the importance of optimizing when and how to apply supplemental water for growing plants of all types, while maintaining community level sustainability and economic vitality. It introduces foundational principles of irrigation management, placing emphasis on quantifying important variables that affect the efficiency of irrigation systems. These general principles are applicable to either landscape or agriculture irrigation sectors, including a wide range of scenarios such as efficiently watering flowers in a garden, growing vegetables in a greenhouse, maintaining golf courses, as well as large crop field and rangeland production systems. Using the WISE irrigation app, participants gain new knowledge of and practice in real world calculations using Colorado examples.
Time Required: We estimate it will take you 10 hours in total to complete the entire set of 5 lessons. You can work on it at your own pace and do not have to complete it in one setting.
Who Would Benefit: A variety of people will find this upskilling course useful from adults to high school students. This includes careers (or hobbyists) growing plants (ie field crops, greenhouse production, turf and lawns, gardens, etc.) and wishing to save money and water by better timing irrigation applications.
Upskill Credentials: If you finish the entire course including passing a final quiz (which you can take up to 3 times), then you will earn a badge certificate of completion. We are also applying for CEUs through the national Certified Crop Adviser program.
Instructor: Dr. Allan A. Andales is a Professor and Extension Specialist of Irrigation and Water Science in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, Colorado State University (CSU). He has a joint appointment in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Dr. Andales applies principles of soil and water engineering, environmental biophysics, and numerical methods to study the effects of management practices and environmental factors on field hydrology and agricultural production. Experimental data are used to develop computer models and decision support tools that can improve agricultural water use efficiency and water quality. He is a member of the CSU Extension Water Resource Management Team that engages the public in addressing agricultural and urban water issues in Colorado.
ADA Accessibility: We have done our best to follow ADA best practices. Let us know if you run into any problems or require further accommodations.
Acknowledgements: This online micro-credential upskilling course is offered through the CSU Ag Upskilling program. Development was supported in part by funding from the CHS Foundation, administered by Colorado State University (2022). The CHS Foundation, funded by charitable gifts from CHS Inc., is focused on developing a new generation of agriculture leaders for life-long success. Together, with our partners, we are igniting innovation and driving excellence in agriculture education, cultivating high impact programs for rural youth and accelerating potential for careers in agriculture. Learn more at CHS Foundation.