Texas farmers dramatically cut water use while increasing crop yields High Plains corn farmers who irrigate their crops from the Ogallala Aquifer used a combination of new technology and methods to…
Conservation is not a new concept in agriculture. Texas farmers have been improving water use efficiency for decades through constantly evolving technology and farming practices.
• Today, a bushel of corn is grown using half as much water as 30 years ago.
• Both center pivot and subsurface drip irrigation systems can achieve water use efficiency up to 96%.
• Soil moisture probes reduce water use by telling farmers precisely when and where to irrigate.
• Texas farmers have reported a 30% reduction in irrigation water use by practicing conservation tillage.
Between 2009 and 2013, Texas farmers and ranchers improved irrigation efficiency on 400,000 acres of land, investing an estimated $140 million of their own money along with $70 million in assistance from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
No one has a greater stake in conserving water than those who depend upon it for their livelihood.