Does investing in the latest energy saving technology for your irrigation system really make sense? Visit Husker Harvest Days and you'll have a unique opportunity to find out. The Irrigation Association is teaming up with the show to present a key seminar on Wednesday, September 14 from Dr. Robert D. von Bernuth, education director for IA, and professor emeritus, Michigan State University.
"How to decide if energy saving irrigation system components are worth the cost" will explore a method for deciding whether the higher cost component with potential energy or water savings is worth the cost. vonBernuth will look at a range of components including pumps, application packages and pipes.
The seminar will be held at the Nebraska Farmer Hospitality Tent right in the center of the showgrounds.
Here's a quick bio on Dr. vonBernuth:
Dr. Robert vonBernuth, education director, Irrigation Association, will offer insight on how to determine if the investment in energy-saving systems makes sense for your operation.
At MSU he was the Assistant Dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Department Chair of Biosystems Engineering and Founding Director of the School of Planning, Design, and Construction. He has received numerous awards for teaching and scholarship, and has been similarly recognized by industry associations. He is a fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers and has published more than 140 professional articles on topics varying from international study experience to measuring the impacts of air quality. He is best known for his fundamental work in water droplet ballistics in wind and criteria for design of sprinkler systems in wind. He has traveled and consulted in more than 60 countries. He holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Engineering and an MBA from Claremont Graduate University.
Dr. von Bernuth’s irrigation experience began as a young man irrigating potatoes and alfalfa on the family farm in Colorado. His M.S. research was on irrigation pumping costs for Idaho, and his PhD was on center pivot application packages at the University of Nebraska.
This is the 34th annual Husker Harvest Days, which brings more than 500 exhibitors to the nation's only totally irrigated farm show. The event brings farmers from across the country to view the latest in ag production technology. Show hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 13 and 14, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 15.