An enthusiastic group of canal riders and other district staff plus state agency personnel explored the efficiencies of district automation at a Nov. 7-8, 2012 workshop at the Rio Grande for Ag Water Efficiency. Classroom instruction alternated with hands-on training at the virtual flume, featuring automated gates and water level sensors, all networked and controlled through a telemetry system accessible via any linked computer device, including cell phones and tablets. Besides the capability to remotely manage gates, the group was impressed by the fact that the system also eliminated the need for canal riders to carry water tickets.
The next training session at the Center, scheduled for Jan. 24, 2013, will focus On-Farm Irrigation Advances. This workshop, designed for ag producers, will cover low- or no-cost irrigation techniques and technologies to improve yields and boost net farm income. More information on the Rio Grande Center page.
Districts interested in scheduling training for their staff on automation technology can call Heather Stock at 956.423.7015.