New irrigation technologies can save growers water, money

Irrigation specialists working to help growers make more efficient use of irrigation, saving water and money.

The water level in the alluvial aquifer serving the Mid-South states continues to decline while the demand for irrigation water is increasing, according to studies by agencies such as as Yazoo-Mississippi Delta Water Management District.

Jason Krutz, Extension irrigation specialist with Mississippi State University, says new irrigation specialists in each of those states have begun working with growers to help them learn ways to improve irrigation efficiency and save water and money.

Dr. Krutz talked about some of those new techniques during a presentation at the opening session of the National Conservation Systems Cotton and Rice Conference in Baton Rouge, La. He was one of several specialists who spoke at the meeting’s Delta States Irrigation Conference.

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