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ITRC Facilities - Irrigation Practices Field


Model CanalIPFThe Merriam Irrigation Practices Field is a relatively flat (slope less than 1.5%) area of approximately 3 acres, supplied with water (1,000 gpm) and power (480 volt, 25 hp). It is used for instruction in BRAE irrigation classes, and for training of industry/government personnel. It is within 5 minutes walking distance of both Lab 2 and the Water Resources Facility. Improvements include: a dedicated water supply connected to Drumm reservoir, two underground pipeline water distribution networks, a canal containing multiple water measurement devices, a runoff return-flow system, an upgraded linear move sprinkler system, a complete set of modern drip system filters, upgraded CIMIS weather station instrumentation, improved fertigation equipment, a furrow demonstration area, border strips, hand move sprinklers, equipment to lay out drip hose, and soil moisture sensors installed throughout the field.


The facility includes 5 neatly organized sheds with a wide variety of equipment such as augers, graduated cylinders, chemigation equipment, pressure gauges, and other items needed to conduct laboratory classes.  Future plans include a subsurface drip demonstration area for landscape irrigation, student lab facilities for sprinkler performance, and a power supply for the water measurement channel.  Courses utilizing this facility include BRAE 128, 236, 340, 405, 414, 438, 439, 440, 492, 531, and 533.




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CIMIS Station

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Filtration System

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Pump Station

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Linear Move

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