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Irrigation Training Series
41 minutes | Nov 19, 2021
Episode 145: Post Season Irrigation Maintenance - Part 2
Once harvest is over, most irrigation managers are ready for a well-deserved break. However, some of the most critical work for the year, post-season irrigation maintenance, still needs to happen. Taking the proper steps today will positively impact your profits next year. Cory Broad will take us through a step-by-step process to ensure your irrigation system is ready for the following year. Cory is a Certified Crop Adviser, Certified Irrigation Designer, and Certified Ag Irrigation, Specialist. Cory is a lifelong resident of the Central Valley and specializes in helping agricultural producers achieve maximum production while minimizing water use. During this webinar, you will learn: How to properly inspect and clean filters How to properly check and maintain sand media filter stations The best way to flush your system When and how to use chemical maintenance How to develop a plan for next year
55 minutes | Nov 17, 2021
Episode 144: The Irrigation Industry - 2022 and beyond
The 2021 irrigation season is one of the toughest ever. Supply chain difficulties, price increases, transportation, labor, Covid, drought, and an overall uneasiness with customers made this year difficult to manage. More importantly, what does 2022 have in store for the irrigation industry? Will it be more of the same difficulties? Will it get better, or will we experience even more new challenges? Now is the time to start strategizing for 2022, and to help us formulate our strategies for 2022, Aric Olson, President of Jain Irrigation, Inc., is our guest. Aric's background in manufacturing, Ag Tech startups, agriculture, and business make him uniquely qualified to provide perspective on the coming year for irrigation. During this webinar, you will learn: If the supply chain difficulties will ease or increase Future trends for pricing for irrigation products What to expect for ag-tech development for irrigation How the vaccine mandate will impact the industry What to look for in terms of drought and commodity pricing and the impact on the industry Other impacts to the irrigation industry – cyber security and climate change.
23 minutes | Nov 12, 2021
Episode 143: WHAT THE TECH?
This webinar is a MUST SEE for all Jain Logic customers. US cellular carriers are shutting down their 3G networks in 2022, causing interruptions to your Jain Logic service. AT&T announced they will shut down service on February 22, 2022, and Verizon will shut down on December 31, 2022. The good news is that many of our customers already have 4G field telemetry units and we have a great plan in place for everyone that needs to upgrade from 3G. In this webinar, you will learn: How to determine if you need an upgrade. The simple upgrade process. You will also hear about special limited-time offers with significant savings opportunities to move up to our latest state-of-the-art technology.Special Guest: David Lindsey.
50 minutes | Nov 10, 2021
Episode 142: Turning Your Landscape Images Into Prints
In previous webinars, Michael Derewenko showed you how to take amazing photos of your landscapes. In this webinar, Michael teaches us how to create prints of your photos to display at your office or home or, my favorite, prints for customers. With all the digital opportunities today in photography, one of the most overlooked aspects becomes “How Do I Print These Images?”. What can seem like a cumbersome process to most is not complicated. Like most arts, finding and using local resources is usually the best option. This Wednesday, learn how to convert your landscape or nature images into beautiful prints. We’ll cover the different sizes of images, other formats, different cameras you can use, and what expectations for the final product should be. We look forward to having you on this week’s webinar and welcome any specific questions you may have involving turning your digital files into printed pictures for your walls.Special Guest: Michael Derewenko.
42 minutes | Nov 5, 2021
Episode 141: Prepare Your Garden For The Season With A Fall Maintenance Checklist
Fall is the time to take a few steps to ensure your garden looks its best in the Spring. During this webinar, Andy Belingheri covers basic fall landscape activities to ensure your lawn, perennials, shrubs, and trees remain healthy and look their best. He also discusses essential irrigation and tool maintenance. During this webinar, you will learn: What basic irrigation maintenance to perform before winter sets in How to clean and prepare your tools for next season What activities to complete to set your lawn, shrubs and trees are in the best position for solid growth in the Spring We look forward to seeing you on FridaySpecial Guest: Andy Belingheri.
43 minutes | Nov 3, 2021
Episode 139: Strategies For Irrigation Valve Troubleshooting with Michael Pippen
Valves are critical to every irrigation system. Unfortunately, operation issues with valves cause many problems for growers and water managers, including wasted water, plant stress, and crop loss. Because electrical and mechanical issues cause valve issues, troubleshooting can be complex for many. Michael Pippen has spent a lifetime in irrigation and developed an easy, concise, and accurate strategy for troubleshooting irrigation valves and shares it with us. In this session, you will learn: How to quickly check the irrigation basics for clues to the valve problem. Understand what symptoms point to electrical problems and what points to mechanical issues. What water leaks from the valve mean. What water hammer is and how it damages your system. What to do when your valve doesn’t turn off. What to do when your valve doesn’t turn on. This session will make your life easier, and we look forward to seeing you on Wednesday.
43 minutes | Nov 3, 2021
Episode 140: 4G vs 5G: Understanding the Major Differences and Value for Irrigation Control
Mobile Internet usage from connected devices like smart irrigation controllers has exploded over the last decade. From 2007-2017, data traffic on AT&T’s wireless network increased more than 360,000 percent. But the upcoming 2G/3G network sunset dates are rapidly approaching in 2022. Implementing a transition plan will be essential for businesses to avoid significant disruption when these critical wireless networks they depend on for operating their smart controllers or other IoT devices the connectivity suddenly goes dark. Each iteration of wireless network technology has historically replaced the previous generation. But the idea that 5G will be a direct replacement for 4G is false. In fact, they’re complementary and designed to coexist. Furthermore, 4G is expected to last for at least another decade, possibly longer, sharing the available spectrum between 4G LTE and 5G devices because of their integrated dependencies. The first 4G LTE sunset announcements as such aren’t expected until after 2030, which means that companies can safely invest in 4G-based IoT solutions today and for the foreseeable future. Our guests from Digi International, a leading global provider of IoT connectivity products, services, and solutions, have connected 100 million-plus “things” over the past 30 years. We’ll talk with them about what the 3G sunset means for business risk management, what will be possible only with 5G, and why most companies will be able to work just as well and at a significantly lower cost with the current 4G LTE technology. In this session, you will learn: Why do carriers shut down networks? Do all carriers have the same 3G sunset date? How will 4G LTE and 5G co-exist? What are the key considerations for choosing 4G LTE or 5G for irrigation applications?
47 minutes | Oct 22, 2021
Episode 138: Cannabis and Water with Jim Lauria
Cannabis growers as a group are more interested in quality and sustainability than most water managers. Indoor growers have a ton of knowledge about water and nutrients and use the knowledge to their advantage. They are managing indoor cultivation scientifically. They perform at a very high level and have a thirst for more knowledge. Cannabis grown indoors yields an average value of $112 per square foot (0.1 square meter), according to a report on indoor farming by Agrilyst, well ahead of greens ($64 per square foot) and strawberries ($22). Agrilyst calculated indoor cannabis production to be 9,000 times more productive on a dollar basis than commercial corn production. The Denver University Law Review calculated a return of 22 cents to $6.67 per gallon (3.8 liters) of water from cannabis grown in Colorado, compared to 2 to 3 cents per gallon ROI from potatoes, another of the state’s major crops. This sets up an interesting discussion about the best use of our most precious natural resource, water. As water gets more scarce, should the water go to those who use it most economically or to those who grow food? Jim Lauria will walk us through the opportunities to take advantage of and the pitfalls to avoid. Please join us to learn from one of water’s most dynamic speakers.
43 minutes | Oct 20, 2021
Episode 137: Flip Your Strip with Andy Belingheri
Grass growing in strips between sidewalks and streets (commonly known as boulevards or parking strips) is not very useful but difficult to irrigate efficiently. As such, most of the water applied to these areas is wasted in overspray and runoff. A smart and easy way to reduce water usage AND improve curb appeal is to “flip your strip.” In other words, convert from high water use grass and spray irrigation to low water-use native or localscapes and drip irrigation. In this webinar, we’ll cover the basics: How to best remove existing grass Weed barriers – yes or no? Use of chemicals (both to kill grass and to control weeds after) How to deal with trees currently growing in grass – specifically how to protect trees and irrigate them, so they THRIVE post-conversion How to irrigate your new “smart strip” for success
66 minutes | Oct 15, 2021
Episode 136: Transforming Pivot Irrigation With Drip Irrigation Technology
As the season draws to a close, water conservation continues to be a hot topic. One of the best technologies available today for water conservation is drip irrigation on center pivots for farming. This process has put farmland previously removed from production (due to insufficient water) back in production. In addition, it increases yields, significantly reduces evaporation, soil compaction, and eliminates wind drift. Our guest this week, Monty Teeter, will share successes from the past season and take us through some of his many recent achievements. It is a webinar you do not want to miss. Dragon-Line mobile drip irrigation combines center pivot irrigation and drip irrigation technology for agricultural irrigation. Dragon-Line patented technology combines surface drip irrigation efficiency with the flexibility and economics of mechanized irrigation systems. Dragon-Line is an orange drip-line tubing co-extruded from a blend of high-quality PE resin. The pressure compensating emitters are continuous self-flushing, welded to the drip line’s internal wall, and fully operation at seven psi. Dragon-Line Emitter Tubing is attached to Dragon Flex Hose, which drags on the soil surface, thus the name “Dragon-Line.” As Dragon-Line is pulled behind the system, the emitters deliver a uniform water pattern across the irrigated area’s full length. During this presentation, you will learn: How you can benefit from mobile drip irrigation Learn about successes growers had during the past season Why mobile drip irrigation is so successful Where mobile drip irrigation is most advantageous to use.Special Guest: Monty Teeter.
47 minutes | Oct 8, 2021
Episode 135: The Wonderful Life of a Dying Tree
A dead tree needlessly cut down and hauled away is a tree deprived of half its life value and commendable destiny. Gillian Martin’s presentation unveils the habitat value of dead trees. She persuasively illustrates their contribution to the diversity and sustainability of forests, yes, even the urban forest. You will learn what to consider when selecting and retaining a hazardous tree as a habitat tree in the urban forest, and Gillian hopes you will forever view a dead tree with greater interest and a desire to safely retain them when possible.
38 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
Episode 134: Use The Rain To Reduce Your Irrigation Bill | Dave Laybourn
Rainfall is free irrigation, but if your controller is not measuring and using the rain properly for irrigation, you are missing out. Not to mention the embarrassment when your sprinklers are on and it is raining. There are many ways to suspend irrigation during the rain, but the more significant question is when to turn it back on so you do not overwater. In addition, watering before a rain is costly because your soil is saturated when the rain comes. Finally, rain is measured in inches, and irrigation is applied in inches per hour, and how much of the rain that fell is usable. We are going to answer all these questions on Wednesday. We will discuss: How to avoid having your sprinklers run during a rain. How to suspend irrigation during rainy weather and how to know when to turn irrigation back on? Using rain forecast to determine when to stop watering to take advantage of the rain. How much is water from rain is useful?Special Guest: David Laybourn.
39 minutes | Oct 1, 2021
Episode 133: A Step By Step Guide For Post Season Irrigation Maintenance
Once harvest is over, most irrigation managers are ready for a well-deserved break. However, some of the most critical work for the year, post-season irrigation maintenance, still needs to happen. Taking the proper steps today will positively impact your profits next year. Cory Broad will take us through a step-by-step process to ensure your irrigation system is ready for the following year. Cory is a Certified Crop Adviser, Certified Irrigation Designer, and Certified Ag Irrigation Specialist. Cory is a lifelong resident of the Central Valley and specializes in helping agricultural producers achieve maximum production while minimizing water use. During this webinar, you will learn: How to perform a post-harvest visual inspection The value of a post-harvest distribution uniformity test How to perform a rapid/modified distribution uniformity test How to create and use a pressure map for your systemSpecial Guest: Cory Broad.
50 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
Episode 130: 4 Different Ways To Schedule Your Irrigation
A good irrigation schedule tells you how often to water and for how long. Easy right? Yes, until you start to think about all the variables that go into a schedule like soil type, temperature, wind speeds, cloud cover, how much water your irrigation system delivers every minute, and many more. In addition to those variables, you have situational variables like a newly established landscape or a particular zone with new plantings. It can be overwhelming. Fortunately for us, Gregg Black will teach us a simple process that steps us through all these variables and more to ensure you are applying the proper amount of water to your landscape or crop. During this session, you will learn: Four different types of schedules – Fully automatic, user-defined, fixed, and establishment schedules How each works Which schedule fits which application Water savings opportunities How to efficiently manage the four types of schedules across multiple properties We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday.Special Guest: Gregg Black.
48 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
Episode 131: Selling Commercial Landscape Irrigation with Stacey Sturnot & Michael Derewenko
While a commercial landscape irrigation system may rest below the ground, the landscape is insightful and relies on a solid water delivery system. With water shortages constantly threatening the West Coast and consistent rains on the East Coast, landscape companies are continually trying to find innovative ways to sell irrigation to their commercial customers. Join us this week to hear Michael Derewenko and Stacey Sturnot discuss how JAIN and Landscapes USA brought the right solutions to customers in exciting times. We’ll spotlight a few successful projects that brought ancillary opportunities to Landscapes USA, all stemming from initial irrigation challenges. During this session you will learn: How to make an overall evaluation of an irrigation system How to determine which recommendations will provide the best paybacks to customers What presentations work best for irrigation upgrades How irrigation upgrades drive additional business to your company.Special Guest: Stacey Sturnot.
33 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
Episode 129: What We Learned - Water Management Services Year One
This past year Jain Irrigation was the first Irrigation Manufacturer to offer hands-on farm water management services to growers. Jain’s team of experts helped growers observe, analyze, and act on plant responses using high-resolution satellite imaging while monitoring soil moisture conditions, weather, and field irrigation events. The team from Jain developed intelligent weekly irrigation schedules that our growers easily implemented. Growers also received reports on crop water consumption, water uniformity for their fields, crop vigor, and water infiltration reporting. In this webinar, we learn how much of a difference active water management made to our customers. So if you’ve been thinking about Jain’s Farm Water Management Services for the coming season, you’ll want to tune in to learn about how growers have benefited in some surprising and unexpected ways.Special Guest: Connor Cunningham.
30 minutes | Sep 10, 2021
Episode 128: Will The Grocery Store Be Your Next Garden Center
There are almost 2800 Kroger Co grocery stores in the United States. That’s more stores from one grocery chain than all the SiteOnes, Ewings, and Horizons combined. Safeway has another 1,300 locations, and Whole Foods has 500 nationwide. That is a total of 4,600 store locations just from those three. There are more than 18,000 grocery stores in the nation. This compares to 2,300 Home Depots and 2,200 Lowes. There were 16 million new gardeners in 2020. Every one of them goes to the grocery store, probably more than once a week. Grocery stores are looking to cash in on the gardening explosion by expanding their floral departments to include items like tools, seeds, plants, and yes, even irrigation equipment. Imagine shopper’s excitement when they see they can purchase a garden irrigation kit with their basil plants. This week will welcome Chris Sabbarese, Digital Marketing, and Communications for Corona Tools, to detail this emerging trend impacting the irrigation, gardening, and distribution markets we live and work in every day. In this session, you will learn: What we’re seeing at the retail garden centers, 16M new gardeners in 2020 How new homeowners working from home caused a housing boom, with people moving to larger homes with more property. What that customer looks like, how they shop, and how they engage in gardening activity. POS seasonal displays for hard goods – customized displays that drive incremental sales (such as tools) for both live plants and cut flowers How to utilize QR codes in a post-Covid world (will have examples) How garden influencers create promotions to drive in-store purchases with addressable online ads that track sales to the store or online/ eCommerce We look forward to seeing you on Friday.Special Guest: Chris Sabbarese.
51 minutes | Sep 1, 2021
Episode 127: Jain's Indoor Design Guide - Cannabis
Cannabis continues to be the most talked-about plant in amateur and professional growing circles. Even people who have no desire to grow cannabis or consume the products made with cannabis still talk about it and are fascinated with the subject. Who thought growing weeds would be so exciting and so challenging. There are wide-ranging views on the subject as well. Is it the natural solution to pain management and the answer to sales tax revenue problems. However, one thing everyone can agree on is cannabis is not so simple to grow well. Michael Derewenko, Irrigation Solutions Manager for Cannabis and Hemp, will take us through Jain’s indoor design guide and explain how best to use this guide to ensure growing success. We’ll walk through the process from POC to flush valves, discussing design variables, growing efficiently, and ideal products for each project. Bring your questions and walk away with answers.Special Guest: Michael Derewenko.
61 minutes | Aug 27, 2021
Episode 126: Understanding Basic Irrigation Hydraulics with Cal Poly and the Irrigation Training Research Center
Properly designed, installed, and maintained irrigation systems save money and water. An understanding of basic irrigation hydraulics is necessary for any water manager. Acquiring the knowledge of basic irrigation hydraulics is more complicated than it seems. Math, theory, water at rest, and water in motion are all part of the equation. As a result, the way hydraulics is taught might be more important than what is taught. Dr. Franklin Gaudi, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo alumnus and a Project Manager for the Irrigation Training and Research Center (ITRC). Dr. Gaudi is skilled at making irrigation training interesting and will take us through the training. More importantly, he shares some stories about how he gets students to understand basic hydraulics. This will be educational and entertaining as well. As a bonus, Dr. Peter Livingston will join us to discuss opportunities to learn more about irrigation by studying at Cal Poly. Dr. Livingston is the Department head for BioResource and Agricultural Engineering Department. Dr. Livingston is the BRAE Department Head. He came to Cal Poly from the University of Arizona, Tucson, where he was Associate Professor of Practice in the Agricultural and Biosystem Engineering Department. Peter has more than 35 years of professional experience in agricultural and water resources engineering and natural resources planning. He will provide information on other areas of study at Cal Poly as well.
39 minutes | Aug 25, 2021
Episode 125: SWEEP Receives An Extra $40 Million for Drought Relief - How it works, How To Get Your Share
CDFA’s State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP)has just received $40 million for drought relief (AB 128, Chapter 21). Getting your share of the money at times can seem tedious and time-consuming. Our team on Wednesday will show you how to make this process manageable. In this webinar, you will learn about financial assistance in the form of grants from the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) State Water Efficiency & Enhancement Program (SWEEP). Significant grants are available for implementing irrigation systems that reduce greenhouse gases and save water on California agricultural operations. Some of the components you will hear about include soil moisture monitoring, drip systems, switching to low-pressure irrigation systems, pump retrofits, and variable frequency drives to reduce on-farm water use and energy consumption. The application submission period is from October 1 – December 31, 2021, so don’t miss out on this informative webinar and your chance of a SWEEP grant.Special Guest: David Lindsey.
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