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.

CIT's AgTechDay 2021 video available for viewing

The online edition of Innovations in Ag Irrigation Technology Demonstration and Showcase 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. Two Fresno State student presentations – Developing an Environment Management System (EMS) and Automating Data Entry of Water Application – rounded out the program.

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

While the virtual event, with almost 450 registrants from all over the world, was well received, CIT has always held these educational and networking events in person. The annual AgTechDay is traditionally held on the Fresno State campus in the fall. That is the goal in 2021 – and things look promising for a return to CIT and the farm. We will keep you posted.

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

WATERIGHT Irrigation Water Management website 

The WATERIGHT interactive irrigation water management website was developed by the Center for Irrigation Technology and designed to be a multi-function, educational resource for three audiences: homeowners, commercial turf growers, and agriculture.

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

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