Irrigation, Innovation Saving Water in Kansas
Through the state’s water vision, the Kansas Water Office is teaming up with forward-looking farmers to develop Water Technology Farms. The concept emerged as an action item within the vision, which Governor Sam Brownback called for in 2013 to address the state’s water supply issues. The farms are designed to demonstrate the effectiveness of the latest technology in irrigation water management without sacrificing yield.
By: Laurie Bedord
8 Critical Cover Crop Best Practices
More farmers are using cover crops on their operation, notes Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey. That also means it’s as important as ever to share best practices so they can gain the maximum benefits from this production practice. The Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship, Practical Farmers of Iowa, Iowa State University, Iowa Learning Farms & USDA’s Agriculture Research Service worked together to assemble some best practices for using cover crops. Here are their top eight pieces of advice.
By: Ben Potter
Drought or not, PG&E assists farmers with new water management technology
In support of Gov. Jerry Brown’s call for all customers to make water conservation a new way of life, even as he declared the official end to the current drought, Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) is announcing new water management tools for agricultural customers. One of the most significant energy uses on farms is moving & pumping water. Wexus remotely connects pumps, buildings, PG&E electric SmartMeters & water flow meters via cloud technology. This gives agriculture customers another option to track, interpret, & manage their water & energy use effectively.
Source: Gridley Herald
Water & Agriculture Experts Convene to Examine Sustainable Irrigation Solutions & the Future of California Agriculture
Supporting California’s vital agricultural sector, policymakers, water management experts, environmental leaders & growers convened at the University of California, Davis last week to examine innovations, strategies & actions being taken to support California’s water conservation efforts through sustainable irrigation.
Source: Business Wire
NASA Is Digging In The Snow To Help The West Manage Its Water
Launched this year with a $4.5 million budget funded by NASA’s Terrestrial Hydrology Program, the SnowEx project involves nearly 100 scientists from two dozen organizations & aims to answer a basic question: How much water is stored in Earth’s snow cover? The answer has important economic implications. Water is the lifeblood of the West, & managing it requires tracking & understanding snowpack dynamics because more than half of the water supply in the western U.S. comes from mountain snowmelt.
By: Christie Aschwanden
India, conserving rainwater in subsurface soil to fight water scarcity
Indigenous communities in India's Rayagada district mitigate the challenges of water scarcity by storing rainwater in subsurface soil. A cheap & concrete solution to a global problem.
By: Basudev Mahapatra
More than $75K Awarded to Southeastern Massachusetts Farmers in Water Conservation Grants
Several farms in Southeastern Massachusetts have received grant funding from the Baker Administration for the installation of water conservation projects. In response to the drought last year, the Department of Agricultural Resources’ Agricultural Environmental Enhancement Program provided $250,000 statewide with more than $75,000 going to six farms in Carver, East Falmouth, Lakeville & Plymouth. The grants will help fund projects that include automatic irrigation systems & tailwater recovery for cranberry operations, drip irrigation & wells, along with water re-use projects.
California's conservative farmers tackle climate change, in their own way
Like all California farmers, Don Cameron is used to long dry spells interrupted by wet years in the Golden State. But in 36 years of farming, Mr. Cameron says he’s never experienced anything like the swings of the past six years. In response, Cameron & his crew have been partially submerging their fields in rainwater. It’s a relatively new tactic to capture excess flow during wet years to recharge the diminishing underground aquifer that farmers in the region rely on to irrigate their crop. It’s also used to reduce the risk of flooding downstream.
Source: Christian Science Monitor
By: Jessica Mendoza