Corn farmers work hard to be good stewards of the land and environment. New technologies and farming practices allow farmers to grow more corn on less farmland, all while conserving…
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.