Tools, Technology Featured at Southwest Ag Summit

RDO Water to host live demo and panel discussion SWAgSummit

Author: RDO Water

Year after year, the Southwest Ag Summit continues to be a premier ag industry event that attracts professionals and students from Arizona, Southern California, New Mexico, and Northern Mexico. Whether it’s the field demos or exhibitor show, the panel discussions or breakout seminars, or even the always-anticipated breakfast burritos or the always-sold-out Harvest Dinner, this annual event provides education, enjoyment, and the opportunity to see longtime colleagues and make new connections.

The Southwest Ag Summit is February 22-23 at Arizona Western College in Yuma, AZ. RDO Water in Yuma has been involved for several years. Especially in the past few years, the team has established itself as a leader in technology and become one of the most anticipated live demos at the event. This year’s demo is no exception, as the team is highlighting both soil moisture management tools and UAV technology.

An automatic moisture sensor will be displayed, with explanation of how such tools factor into an irrigation management strategy. The team will also discuss the use of drones in agriculture; specifically, using aerial imagery to identify areas of field stress, drought, or unhealthy field conditions, and the opportunity it provides growers to respond to and adjust operations quickly to minimize yield loss.

In addition to the live demo, RDO Water is sponsoring Thursday morning’s keynote panel, “Connected by the Colorado River,” at 7:30 a.m. The panel includes Chuck Cullom, Central Arizona Project; Tom Davis, Yuma County Water Users Association; and Dr. George Seperich, Arizona State University. A Water Panel Breakout will follow at 9:30 a.m.

Both RDO Water and RDO Equipment Co. will have booths in the exhibit area. Throughout the duration of the event, team members will be available to meet with customers, answer questions, and discuss the companies’ total solutions approach to agriculture equipment and irrigation. Visit RDO Water at booth, #27 and RDO Equipment Co. at booth #26.

Visit the Southwest Ag Summit website for more information on the event, including online registration, educational sessions and a full event schedule.

Interested in finding out more about soil moisture management tools and UAV technology? Join us for the RDO Water demo or visit booth #27 at the Southwest Ag Summit exhibitor show.

If you’re unable to attend the show but would like to learn more, contact your local RDO Water store in Arizona or California.

RDO Water a Key Participant at Southwest Ag Summit

Company will sponsor major panel discussion, exhibit and demo new irrigation technology at Yuma’s largest annual agriculture event

Southwest-Ag-Summit-DemoThis February 24 and 25, hundreds of Ag professionals and students from Arizona, Southern California, New Mexico and Northern Mexico will gather in Yuma for the annual Southwest Ag Summit. The event, held at Arizona Western College in partnership with Yuma Fresh Vegetable Association, Yuma County Farm Bureau and University of Arizona, brings attendees the newest info, issues, trends and regulations affecting agriculture. In addition to two days of symposium-style learning opportunities, the event features two days of exhibits and a full morning of field demonstrations.


RDO Water in Yuma has been involved in the show for several years, and joined on as a major sponsor and demo participant last year. The team is excited to build on the success and engagement of last year’s demo, which featured remote starting capabilities of portable diesel pumps and Certa-set irrigation pipe with automatic vales. This year’s event will again feature automation systems, with an added focus on chemigation.


“Chemigation is a key part of growing a crop using a pressurized irrigation system,” said Ernesto Beltran, Regional Sales Manager for RDO Water. “As we’ll show in the demo, these systems allow a grower to apply precise doses while controlling two very important components of crop management: pH and CE. This results in optimal conditions for the plant to take in the applied products.”


Highlighting the industry’s increased focus on chemigation, Beltran continued, “Products have been and are continuing to be developed, specifically to be used in pressurized systems. These products are also design to react quicker than a conventional product, enhancing the efficiency of the process, overall.”


In addition to putting on a live demo, RDO Water is sponsoring this year’s water panel discussion, a special seminar featuring industry experts. The company will also have a booth in the exhibit area. RDO Water team members will be available to answer questions at the booth, #34, during the event.


Those interested in learning more about automation and chemigation are encouraged to attend the demo, visit the RDO Water booth at the expo or contact his/her local RDO Water store. The full list of RDO Water’s eight locations in Arizona and California can be found on the Contact Us page of this site.


For more information on the Southwest Ag Summit, including online registration, educational sessions and a full event schedule, visit