Originally Posted by Duekster
Is there a point here? Most farms are using raw water or ground water. I agree in some areas ground water is getting low.
actually the point is efficiency, productivity and conservation.
in the past people have wasted our natural resources without regard. farmers are concerned with increasing marketable product vs. increasing production costs. in the corn belt farmers are raising more product per acre using pivots than those using traditional methods.
here's a close to home example, my brother-in-law used to flood irrigate for 20 days to cover the river bottom tract. now with micro sprayers they irrigate the same tract in 2 days.
nut growers in ca. are stepping up to the plate with automatic irrigation improvements, on site weather stations, soil moisture sensors and central controls. one day KIRIL might be installing Calsense controllers on every orchard in his area (make fun of him then