AGR 110: Water Management in Agriculture

Class Program
Credits 3 Lecture Hours 22 Lab Hours 22
This course will provide students the opportunity to study water and its management for agronomic purposes. A broad range of topics will be covered including the Columbia Basin Irrigation project, hydrology, basic irrigation principles, water relationships, efficiency, and water quality & supply. Course topics and concepts will be reinforced with hands-on labs and activities


AGR 263 Soils recommended.
Quarters Offered
Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to demonstrate the following knowledge or skills:

  1. Discuss the scope, structure, and economic impact of the Columbia Basin Irrigation Project.
  2. Describe basic hydrological concepts.
  3. Apply basic principles of irrigation.
  4. Explain the relationship of soil, water, plants, and atmosphere.
  5. Interpret water quality testing results/data.
  6. Calculate precipitation rates.
  7. Discuss irrigation water sustainability, efficiency, and uniformity concepts.
Institutional Outcomes
IO2 Quantitative Reasoning: Students will be able to reason mathematically using methods appropriate to the profession
Course Content Outline
  1. Columbia Basin Irrigation Project
  2. Hydrology
  3. Basic Principles of Irrigation
  4. Soil-Water-Plant-Atmosphere Relationship
    1. Water Storage and Drainage
    2. Soil Moisture Extraction
    3. Salts in Water and Soil Solutions
    4. Readily Available Water
    5. Water Available to Plants Plant Water Relations
    6. Soil Moisture Monitoring Devices for Irrigation Scheduling
  5. Precipitation Rates
  6. Efficiency and Uniformity Concepts
    1. Water Sustainability and Conservation
    2. Irrigation Efficiency/Technology
  7. Irrigation Scheduling
  8. Water Quality and Supply
    1. Water Permits and Regulation
    2. Water Quality Testing
Department Guidelines
Utilize the BBCC irrigation site when possible.