The Irrigator’s Pocket Guide

By Mike Morris, NCAT Agriculture Specialist


Created with input from irrigation experts in over 20 states, the Irrigator’s Pocket Guide belongs in every irrigator’s hip pocket. It is a take-to-the-field guide that demystifies the art of irrigation management, explains everything you need to know about soil moisture and crop water use, and shows you how to optimize crop yields while conserving water, soil, and energy. More than 30,000 copies have already been sold.

The Equipment Maintenance half of the book features exceedingly clear and detailed maintenance and troubleshooting procedures for pumps, motors, engines, control panels, and distribution systems. The Water Management guide on the other side of the book provides a step-by-step guide to irrigation water management for sprinkler, surface, and microirrigation systems.

A limited number of print copies are available, in a convenient 4″x 6″ format with durable waterproof covers. It includes useful diagrams and tables, handy conversions and formulas, and irrigation guidelines for many common crops. To request a copy, email, or call 1-800-346-9140.

Or download the guide here:

The Irrigator’s Pocket Guide: Equipment Maintenance

The Irrigator’s Pocket Guide: Water Management

This publication is based upon work supported by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under number NR203A750001C025. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.