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New technology provides impetus for irrigation conference

Irrigation technology has improved “by leaps and bounds,” in recent years, says Caddo County Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Educator David Nowlin. And that’s why he organized the first ever Oklahoma Irrigation Conference, held recently at the Caddo-Kiowa Technology Center in Fort Cobb.

“Farmers are just trying to keep up,” Nowlin said, “with new research on moisture sensors, drop nozzles, subsurface drip irrigation, new apps for smartphones and Mesonet data. It’s a whole new world.”

The issue has been even more pertinent for the past three years during one of the worst stretches of drought on record.

Nowlin also said water rights and future demand issues will be crucial as population and competition for water increase. “How will water rights change in the future?” he asked.

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