California Alfalfa: Drip Irrigation Field Days Slated

    Netafim USA will hold a series of Central Valley field days to provide California alfalfa growers with knowledge that would be helpful in determining whether subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) has a fit on their farm.

    Slated for July 20, 21 and August 3, the field days will bring together growers, researchers and industry people for a look at the latest advancements in subsurface drip irrigation. Presenters will address SDI concepts, components and management requirements, forage market trends, agronomic and cultural management practices and rodent management. Additionally, the sessions will review expected installation and maintenance costs of an SDI system.

    “Alfalfa is grown on over a million acres in California, and is an essential component to sustaining the state’s important dairy industry. As feed costs continue to rise, an increasing number of dairy farmers are looking to SDI technology as a way to hedge their costs and maximize profits by growing their own feed,” said Ze’ev Barylka, Marketing Director for Netafim USA. “The field day events will provide answers to many of the pressing questions that growers have about using SDI systems to maintain productivity with limited water supplies.”

    All of the scheduled events are free to attend and a complimentary lunch will be served at each. All events are from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Here are dates and locations:

    • July 20, Maddox Dairy, 12840 W. Kamm Ave, Riverdale.
    • July 21, West Star Dairy, 19012 Wildwood Road, Buttonwillow.
    • August 3, Bert Wilgenburg Farms, 7877 E. Sandy Mush Road, Chowchilla.

    Preliminary presenters include:

    • Dan Putnam, UC Davis agronomist and forage specialist.
    • Jim Legari of Ag Water Chemicals.
    • Seth Hoyt, western hay market specialist and publisher of the Hoyt Report.

    In addition, presentations will be made by Netafim staff and growers from Maddox Dairy, West Star Dairy and Bert Wilgenburg Farms.

    All attendees are encouraged to RSVP via email at, or by calling 559-253-2548.

    For more information on Netafim, visit its website.

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