Center for Irrigation Technology (CIT)

The Center for Irrigation Technology (CIT) is built on a foundation of innovation and technology transfer focused on testing, applied research, and entrepreneurship. CIT supports developing and deploying technologies that will bring the world the most innovative products and resource management tools.

Since 1980, the Center for Irrigation Technology (CIT) has been the leading independent testing laboratory and applied research facility for the irrigation industry. With state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor testing facilities, CIT works with the public and private sector to advance irrigation technology, water/energy management practices, and equipment standards. All activities reflect the need to integrate agricultural, environmental, and urban concerns.

Registration open for CIT's Ag Tech Day - Innovations in Ag Irrigation Technology Demonstration & Showcase

Friday, October 29, 2021 held in-person and virtual


This year, Ag Tech Day is open to in-person and online attendees and will include live field demonstrations, presentations and a trade show. This is a free, educational event. If circumstances do not allow us to hold the Fall 2021 Ag Tech Day in person, the online live broadcast will still take place.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions the number of in-person attendees will be limited. Anyone attending the event in person will be required to follow safety procedures mandated by California State University, Fresno. These procedures can be found here.



Field Site 1:  Groundwater Recharge 
                     Cordie Qualle, California Water Institute
                     Greg Allen, REDtrac

Field Site 2:  Flowmeters and SGMA
                     Steve Huth, Technoflo; SeaMetrics
                     Sarge Green, Fresno State

Field Site 3:  Soil Sensors, Irrigation Scheduling
                     Dr. Mallika Nocco, UC Davis
                     Alex Breckinridge, GroGuru; Gill Costa, Sentek

Click HERE to access ADDITIONAL RESOURCES from Ag Tech Day speakers and exhibitors.

Click HERE for the SCHEDULE

Click HERE for VIRTUAL registration 


The in-person trade show will be held from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm and will be set up outdoors just south of the Water, Energy and Technology Center. Booth cost is $400. If you are interested in exhibiting please email

Click HERE for EXHIBITOR information


Sponsorship opportunities are available. If you are interested in being a sponsor, please email

The Advanced Pumping Efficiency Program (APEP)

APEP is an educational and incentive program intended to improve overall pumping efficiency and encourage energy conservation in California. Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is funding APEP through December 31, 2021 using Public Purpose Programs Funds under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The Center for Irrigation Technology at California State University, Fresno administers the program. 

The APEP program is still providing services during COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. For more info visit Advanced Pumping Efficiency Program Information

CIT's February AgTechDay video is available for viewing

The online edition of Innovations in Ag Irrigation Technology Demonstration and Showcase in February was a great success! Live broadcasts from the farm at Fresno State featured technology from AgMonitor, Jain Irrigation Inc., and WiseConn. Additional presentations covered nitrogen management, SGMA, the Advanced Pumping Efficiency Program (APEP), and living with salinity in ag production in the Southern San Joaquin Valley. 

The full three-hour February 12, 2021 event can be viewed on demand.

CIT Testing Landscape Irrigation Sensors for Newly-Released ANSI/ASABE S633 Compliance

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) recently released a Testing Protocol for Landscape Irrigation Soil Moisture-based Control Technologies. CIT is now accepting products for testing to meet the new requirements.

This standard establishes a procedure to test the responsiveness of soil moisture sensors to changing soil conditions. These soil moisture sensors, along with interface devices, can integrate with controllers to better manage water resources by preventing planned irrigations when adequate moisture is present.

CIT has been involved in developing standards and protocols for landscape and agricultural products for over 40 years. Laboratory or field testing by CIT provides an independent, third-party assessment of the actual operation of a product. 

Anyone interested in sending their product to CIT for testing should contact Kaomine Vang (kaominev or call 559.278.2066. The standard can be downloaded for a fee directly from the ASABE technical library or by contacting ASABE headquarters


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