Agricultural irrigation is the top consumer of water in the U.S. Irrigation covers nearly 56 million acres of harvested cropland in the U.S. according to the 2018 USDA Farm and Ranch Irrigation Survey, which accounts for approximately 80 to 90 percent of U.S. consumptive water use.
Plants drink rather than eat. And when plants experience a lack of moisture, they become stressed, germinate poorly and experience weak plant establishment. Using an injection surfactant in your irrigation system helps water flow easily through the soil into the root zone and stay there longer. This keeps the root zone uniformly moist and water availability optimal for the plant to drink, grow and thrive.
Whether you grow corn, potatoes, wheat, soybeans or even fruit and nuts, studies show irrigation injection surfactants can increase yields and profitability by reducing water usage, making nutrient inputs more effective and decreasing the energy required to power the irrigation system.
TOLERO™ is an irrigation injection surfactant offered by Simplot Grower Solutions that increases soil water availability and improves soil water holding capacity. TOLERO conserves water with a rare blend of water management technologies that help disperse and hold water in the root zone for up to three to four weeks. Besides improves water retention to helping minimize potential crop stress, this injection surfactant reduces irrigation duration and increases intervals between watering.
“It is hot and dry here in the Columbia Basin, and it is a major challenge to keep our crops healthy and watered,” said Jason Thaemert, Operations Manager of Thaemert Farms. “We use TOLERO because it holds the water in the root zone where we need it. And with better water retention, we’re not flushing away the nutrients the plants need.”
Water is a precious resource that brings life to our planet. As a result, water conservation and management become increasingly important for our crops, for our farms and for our environment. Growers have a responsibility to make every drop count.