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IRAQI IRRIGATION TRAINING PROGRAM

Agricultural Pumps for Irrigation

and

Extension Methods - Working with Farmers

Instructors
Guy Fipps, Professor and Extension Specialist
Charles Swanson, Extension Program Specialist
Bob Whitney, County Extension Agent (retired)

Erbil, Iraq
23-27 February 2014

Agricultural Pumps for Irrigation (3 Days of Training)

In this three-day training program, ministry personnel and extension professionals will learn about types
of irrigation pumps and their use in agriculture. Following the training, attendees will be able to assist
farmers in pump selection and sizing, ways to reduce the costs of pumping, and how to troubleshoot
common pumping problems. Topics include:

Types of pumps used in irrigation including turbine, submersible and centrifugal


Fuel sources for pumping, including gasoline, diesel, and electricity, as well as solar and wind
power
Pump selection for sprinkler, surface and flood irrigation
Site information and considerations needed for proper pump selection
Efficiency and costs of pumping
Using wind and solar power for pumping
Sizing of storage facilities for wind and solar systems
Troubleshooting common pump problems

Extension Methods - Working with Farmers (2 Days of Training)

In this two-day training program, ministry personnel and extension professionals will learn how to
establish effective working relationships with farmers, how to develop high impact extension programs
and on-farm demonstrations, and how to document the results. Topics include:

How Farmers Learn New Knowledge


Finding and Using Innovators and Early Adopters
Organizing and using local groups in Extension programing
Planning and Implementing Field Demonstrations
Information needed to plan and document irrigation demonstrations
Evaluation for Program Success

AGENDA

Pumps

Day 1: Overview of Irrigation Pumps

9:00 Introductions and Overview of the course


Terminology
Overview of Irrigation Pumps

11:00 Break

11:30 Field Trip: visit a local farm to see a typical agricultural pump set up and identify the types of
information needed in pump selection and troubleshooting common pumping problems. Use of a
portable flow meter will also be demonstrated

Worksheet 5: Data Field Sheet for Pump Selection and Troubleshooting

Day 2: Understanding Irrigation Pumps

9:00 Data needed for proper pump selection


Understanding Irrigation Pumping Hydraulics
Pumping Head and Use in Pump Selection

Worksheet 1: Determining Pumping Head

11:00 Break

11:30 Pump Selection and Troubleshooting


Understanding Manufacturers Literature
Find a Pump Online and Local Resources

Worksheet 4: Reading Pump Curves

2:00 Adjourn

Day 3: Wind and Solar Power for Pumping

9:00 Wind Powered Pumps


Data and Site information Needed
Sizing Storage Tanks and Other Components

11:00 Break

11:30 Wind Power Pumps - Putting it all together


Solar Powered Pumps
Proper selection of Equipment and Pumps in Wind/Solar systems

Worksheet: Solar AND Wind Power Pump System Selection

2:00 Adjourn

Extension Methods

Day 4: What are Extension Programs

9:00 What is Extension?


How do Farmers Learn New Knowledge Finding and Using Innovators and Adopters

11:00 Break

11:30 Planning for Educational Outreach


Use of Local Groups and Local Leadership in Setting Priorities

2:00 Adjourn

Day 5: Developing Effective Extension Programs

9:00 Group Facilitation Getting Them to Talk


Planning and Implementing Field Demonstrations to Enhance Education

11:00 Break

11:30 Evaluation of Program Success and Telling Others

1:30 Wrap up

2:00 Adjourn