Water conservation in agriculture is becoming an increasingly important topic to Mississippians, including those who work in the halls of the State Capitol building in Jackson.
Lt. Gov.Tate Reeves, who is a candidate for re-election this year, recently toured agricultural conservation efforts in the Mississippi Delta, where increased pumping for irrigation has caused drawdowns in the region’s alluvial aquifer.
Lt. Gov. Reeves, an economics graduate of Millsaps College and lifelong resident of the Jackson area, has become more active in Mississippi agriculture, serving in recent years as the chairman of the Stoneville, Miss.-based Delta Council Honor Scholars program at its annual meeting.
During his recent tour, Reeves viewed conservation efforts on the farming operation of Rob Coker, a producer in Yazoo County who is a past chairman of the Delta F.A.R.M. conservation organization. (The Delta F.A.R.M. acronym stands for Farmers Advocating Resource Management.)
Coker talked about water conservation efforts on his farm near Yazoo City, including the use of an on-farm irrigation water storage reservoir that provides water for much of the farm’s crop acreage.
Besides adding such features as tail water recovery systems and more efficient irrigation management tools, Coker has been working with winter cover crops to reduce the compaction in his soils, decrease weed pressure and improve the internal drainage in his fields.
For more on Coker’s operations and Delta F.A.R.M., visit http://deltafarmpress.com/management/cover-crop-prescription-healthy-soils