Penn State Webinar Examines Irrigation Water Characteristics in Pennsylvania
Posted: July 6, 2015
On June 24, 2015, Amy Galford, a Water Resources Extension Educator with Penn State Extension in Cumberland County presented an online webinar on Irrigation Water Characteristics in Pennsylvania. The webinar provided irrigation statistics from federal agencies, general water quality characteristics for irrigation water across the state, and steps to evaluate potential irrigation water sources. Recommendations were also given for the testing of irrigation water.
Many of the areas in PA where irrigation is used have carbonate rocks and soils that affect surface and groundwater. Accordingly, most of the hundreds of irrigation samples submitted to Penn State’s Agricultural Analytical Services Lab have high alkalinity, high hardness, and a basic pH, which are not ideal for irrigating many vegetables, small fruit, and flowers. These irrigation sources may need acidification and other treatment to optimize production.
The 48-minute recorded webinar along with links to numerous irrigation resources can be found on the Penn State Extension Water Resources Webinar website.