is part of the Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

  • American Agriculturist
  • Beef Producer
  • Corn and Soybean Digest
  • Dakota Farmer
  • Delta Farm Press
  • Farm Futures
  • Farm Industry news
  • Indiana Prairie Farmer
  • Kansas Farmer
  • Michigan Farmer
  • Missouri Ruralist
  • Nebraska Farmer
  • Ohio Farmer
  • Prairie Farmer
  • Southeast Farm Press
  • Southwest Farm Press
  • The Farmer
  • Wallaces Farmer
  • Western Farm Press
  • Western Farmer Stockman
  • Wisconsin Agriculturist
Dr Juan Enciso center is conducting an irrigation experiment to help vegetable growers save water Planting seeds in the test plot are his technicians Rafael Lopez left and Marino Saldivar
Dr. Juan Enciso, center, is conducting an irrigation experiment to help vegetable growers save water. Planting seeds in the test plot are his technicians, Rafael Lopez, left, and Marino Saldivar.

Researchers look for more efficient ways to use water

New water use research project will study ways to conserve water while keeping in mind grower profitability.

Water users, including farmers who irrigate in south Texas, can do little to make it rain more often or increase water resources for the region. But using water more efficiently may reduce waste and improve irrigation efficacy.

Improved computer technologies could soon eliminate a lot of waste and guesswork of irrigating winter vegetables in South Texas, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist in Weslaco.


If you are enjoying reading this article, please check out Southwest Farm Press Daily and receive the latest news right to your inbox.


“There’s not much we can do to increase our water reserves, so we’re always looking for new ways to conserve the dwindling supplies we do have,” said Dr. Juan Enciso, an irrigation engineer at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Weslaco.

Enciso and his technicians are busy installing water meters, PVC pipe, drip irrigation tape, soil water sensors and other equipment to monitor water use and growth of winter onions and cabbage, as well as watermelons in the spring.

Enciso hopes to document water savings. (


Also of interest on Southwest Farm Press:

Drought status significantly improved from two years ago

Rainfall improves drought status

Biologist says shared conservation needed for Matagorda Bay

Hide comments


  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.