Contact Lyndon Kelley for all of your irrigation concerns: 269/467-5511
2013 Annual Michiana Irrigation Assoc. Meeting, December 13, 2013, Middlebury, IN - Registration Form
Indiana Water Use Policy
Water Quantity 2012
Indiana Water Withdrawal Information
Irrigation Resources (intended for both Indiana and Michigan unless otherwise noted)
Water Application Fact Sheet
Irrigation Water Quality Criteria - Colorado State University Extension
Conducting a Water Application Uniformity Evaluation for an Overhead Sprinkler Irrigation System in the Nursery by Thomas A. Dudek & Dr. R. Tom Fernandez
Guide to Permits for Construction and Installation of Surface Water Irrigation Practices - Updated February 2009
Michigan Rainfall by Dr. Bill Northcott
Irrigation Savings Calculator
Irrigation Scheduling - Tools that are available
MSU Agricultural Climatologist Dr. Jeff Andresen and MSU Bio-Systems Engineering Agricultural Water Use Specialist Steven Miller have developed a web based irrigation scheduling system that downloads rainfall and solar radiation data directly from the Michigan Agricultural Weather Network (MAWN). The system is entirely web based; field data is entered and retrieved in a password protected user id system. There is no charge for the use of this system. The initial field setup requires a latitude and longitude for the field to be able to pull weather data from the most local weather station. Accuracy of the system still relies on collecting and entering rainfall information from rain guages placed in the fields. The program has the ability to generate the MDA water use reporting form at the end of the season. Be sure to write down and keep track of your user id, password and field id's.
MSU Irrigation Scheduler (Ver 4.0) updated (04-20-2006)
Minnesota Checkbook Method
Customizable Excel Version: MSU Excel Version of the Irrigation Scheduler
2011 System Evaluation Results: South Bend, IN 6-9-11, South Bend, IN 6-13-11
2010 System Evaluation Results: Coldwater site 4/13/10, Alamo site 4/26/10, Rochester, IN 6/23/10, Letter
2009 System Evaluation Results: Marion site 6/10/09, Climax site 6/26/09
2008 System Evaluation Results: New Paris, IN site 7/1/08, Schoolcraft site 6/4/08 arm extended, Schoolcraft site 6/4/08 arm in
Other Irrigation Scheduling Programs:
The Michiana Irrigation Scheduler Program was developed jointly by MSU and Purdue Universities in the early 1990's. The program can be used to schedule irrigation but does not use solar radiation from weather station and is somewhat more limited in ability to adjust soil moisture levels during the growing season. To download the program onto your computer, you can go to the Purdue University Web Site listed below:
Water Use Reporting for Michigan Producers
Water Withdrawal Assessment Tool registration requests or
on the State of Michigan DEQ page at http://www.michigan.gov/wateruse
The following is a brief summary of water use reporting as it relates to agriculture.
- The need to report is based on having the combined capacity to pump 100,000 gallons per day (70 gallons per minute). This means all the capacities of wells under the control of one operator are added together to determine if they are required to report.
- Water use reporting will impact virtually all irrigators that do not use a municipal water supply; including greenhouses, nurseries and golf courses.
- Water use reporting will impact many medium- to large-livestock producers and may impact larger farm operations that have several wells at various sites that are used solely for human consumption and necessities.
2008 Changes to Water Use Legislation
Farmers report to MDARD:
Michigan Right to Farm Act Irrigation GAAMP's
Irrigation Generally Accepted Agricultural Management Practices March 2008
Irrigation Costs: Estimating Annual Irrigation Costs (click on title for fact sheet)
Spreadsheet to determine capital investment prepared by Roger Betz, District Farm Educator
Irrigation Resources Developed by Lyndon Kelley