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Water, dollar savings come to those who wait for proper time to irrigateWater, dollar savings come to those who wait for proper time to irrigate

Forrest Laws

June 23, 2014

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With seemingly abundant water supplies like these provided by Arkansas’ Mammoth Springs (first photo), many can’t understand why anyone would have to irrigate in the five Delta states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee. Crop histories show, however, that at some point in almost every season, irrigation would pay dividends in the five-state region.

During a tour designed to educate an ag editor about the water issues confronting the Mississippi Delta, Jason Krutz, irrigation specialist with Mississippi State University, discussed how the use of moisture sensors, flowmeters and surge valves are helping farmers grow the same, and sometimes more, crops with less water.

Krutz and several members of the Mississippi Sustainable Water Resources Task Force stopped at a field on the Tim Clements farming operation near Leland to demonstrate how new technology could one day help growers alter the current situation in which Delta farmers are removing more water from the alluvial aquifer than it is taking in.

About the Author(s)

Forrest Laws

Forrest Laws, senior director of content for Farm Press, spent 10 years with The Memphis Press-Scimitar before joining Delta Farm Press in 1980. He has written extensively on farm production practices, crop marketing, farm legislation, environmental regulations and alternative energy. He now oversees the content creation for Delta, Southeast, Southwest and Western Farm Press. He resides in Memphis, Tenn. He served as a missile launch officer in the U.S. Air Force before resuming his career in journalism with The Press-Scimitar.

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