Burdette Barker

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Irrigation Specialist


Burdette Barker

Contact Information

Office Location: ENGR 227, UWRL 240
Phone: 435-797-3926
Email: Burdette.Barker@usu.edu
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Educational Background

PhD, Biological Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2017
Spatial Irrigation Management Using Remote Sensing Water Balance Modeling and Soil Water Content Monitoring
MS, Irrigation Engineering, Utah State University, 2011
Estimation of Field Alfalfa Evapotranspiration in a Windy, Arid Environment
BS, Biological Engineering, Utah State University, 2009
Professional Agricultural and Biological Engineer, Nebraska, 2018

Expertise

Irrigation, Water Resources Engineering

Biography

Burdette is the Extension Irrigation Specialist for Utah. He has worked throughout the Western U.S. in irrigation engineering consulting and research. He focuses on providing information and tools to help Utah's agricultural producers. His areas of expertise include irrigation system design and performance and quantifying irrigation water use through flow measurement and crop water use measurement and modeling.

Teaching Interests

Burdette teaches courses in irrigation systems design and evaluation covering irrigation water supply, farm irrigation systems, and land drainage.

Research Interests

Crop water use, irrigation losses, irrigation systems, flow measurement, and irrigation management.

Awards

Elenore Gakeneier Swarts Outstanding Doctoral Student, 2016

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Presidential Fellowship, 2016

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Second Place Entry, Graduate Student Poster Contest, 2015

Nebraska Water Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Publications | Abstracts

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Publications | Fact Sheets

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Publications | Journal Articles

Academic Journal

  • Mufute, N., Yost, M., Larsen, D., Barker, B., Peters, T., Zamora, M., (2023). Center Pivot Maintenance Trends in the Western United States. Irrigation and Drainage Engineering Journal
  • Holt, J., Yost, M., Creech, J.E, Barker, B., (2023). Improving pivot ruts with simple sprinkler modifications. Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, 149:12, doi: https://doi.org/10.1061/JIDEDH.IRENG-10188
  • Holt, J., Yost, M., Creech, J.E, Winward, D., Barker, B., (2023). On-farm evaluations of overhead irrigation sprinkler packages at full and reduced rates. Soil Science Society of America Journal, doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/saj2.20611
  • Sullivan, T., Yost, M., Boren, D., Creech, J.E, Kitchen, B.M, Violett, R., Barker, B., (2023). Irrigation Technology, Irrigation Rate, and Drought-Tolerant Genetics Impacts on Silage Corn Production . Agronomy, doi: 10.3390/agronomy13051194

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Publications | Technical Reports

Research Reports

    An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

    Publications | Other

    Bulletins

    An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

    Teaching

    CEE 6005, 5005 - Design and Evaluation of Gravity Irrigation Systems, Fall 2023
    CEE 5001, 6001 - Field Irrigation Systems Design and Evaluation, Fall 2022

    Extension

    Connecting the Utah Water Research Laboratory with Extension, 2022 - Ongoing
    Quantifying Field Irrigation Performance in Utah, 2022 - Ongoing
    Quantifying Irrigation Water Use in Utah, 2022 - Ongoing
    1B. Sevier County Assignment: Agronomic Crops 2of2 - Research , 2009 - 2025

    Graduate Students Mentored

    Maziyar Vaez-Roudbari, Civil & Environmental Engr, August 2024 - May 2027
    Namuna Dhakal, Civil & Environmental Engr, January 2024 - December 2025
    Sena Bildim, Civil & Environmental Engr, August 2023 - May 2025
    Nishchal Tamang, Civil & Environmental Engr, May 2023 - May 2025
    Sheridan Stewart, Civil & Environmental Engr, May 2022 - May 2024

    Recent Research & Projects