Wednesday 13 – Friday 15 June 2018 | International Convention Centre, Sydney

Inge Bisconer

Technical Marketing and Sales Manager, Micro Irrigation Business, The Toro Company

Inge Bisconer

Technical Marketing and Sales Manager, Micro Irrigation Business, The Toro Company

Inge Bisconer is the Technical Marketing and Sales Manager for Toro’s Micro-Irrigation headquarters for the Americas in El Cajon, CA.  She has worked in production agriculture and held various technical, sales, marketing and management positions in the irrigation and water treatment industries for over 35 years. Her passion is helping farmers improve profitability and sustainability through improved water and resource use efficiency (WUE and RUE), and advocating for efficient irrigation at both the state and national level.

She authored Toro’s Micro-Irrigation Owner’s Manual, manages Toro’s popular AquaFlow drip irrigation design software and Drip Irrigation Recycling Service, and co-hosts Toro’s “The Water Zone” radio program. She is a Director and Past-President of the California Irrigation Institute, is IA certified and is the recipient of the Irrigation Association’s 2016 Industry Achievement Award. She holds a BS in agriculture from UC Davis and an MBA in technology management from the University of Phoenix.

Where: International Convention Centre, Sydney – Room E5. 10

When: Day 2 – Thursday, 14 June 2018, 11.30 – 12.00

Abstract Outline: The United States suffered from drought and increased competition over existing water resources, resulting in reduced water deliveries to agriculture from both surface and groundwater supplies. This presentation shares how American farmers have addressed water availability shortfalls and the need to produce more with less using drip irrigation. First, Toro’s previously documented case studies of growers who have innovatively used drip irrigation to increase yields and/or quality and reduce inputs such as water, fertilizer, energy and labor is presented. Crops grown include corn and soybeans in Nebraska, cotton in Texas, peppermint in Oregon, and alfalfa, processing tomatoes, strawberry and celery in California. Second, a case study Toro prepared in partnership with the San Luis Canal Company, a water district servicing 60,000 acres in the northern San Joaquin Valley of California, is presented. It details how the district’s encouragement to adopt drip irrigation on 15,000 acres resulted in increased yields and reduced water usage in cotton and processing tomatoes. Third, an overview of the various drip irrigation production techniques farmers use to grow onions in the Western United States and Peru will be shared to illustrate individual grower nuances in adopting drip irrigation technology. Finally, recent innovation trends will be shared.

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