May 19 workshop offers a first-hand look at irrigated pasture management

May 21, 2018

easel_webSome two dozen people attended a workshop on how to maintain a pasture and improve water management and system efficiency at the Robinson Ranch in Penn Valley on May 19.

Nevada Irrigation District (NID), Nevada County Resource Conservation District and University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources sponsored the event.

Dan Macon, University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) livestock and natural resources advisor, was the presenter. He covered a range of topics, including how to determine soil moisture by feel, types of foliage in pastures and different irrigation methods.

Participants also heard from the Penn Valley host who shared personal experiences and what works best for her family’s ranch.

pasture-irrigation2_webKaycee Strong, NID’s water efficiency technician, said the workshop had a “great turnout of customers ranging from people that are just starting out irrigating pastures to some who have had pastures for years.”

NID irrigates more than 31,000 acres. Water is collected from a high mountain watershed, stored for a period of time in the District’s reservoirs and then released into a canal system that meanders through Nevada, Placer and Yuba counties. Ranchers purchase NID water through service outlets along the canals to irrigate their pastures. Read more here.