The aim of farmer is to produce “more crop per drop”, hence there is need to find the irrigation techniques which consumes less fresh water. To make better use of our limited freshwater resources, growers need to have not only an efficient method of delivering the water to the plants, but also an efficient watering schedule, so that the plants are getting watered with the right amounts at the right time.
And because a large percentage of the use of both surface and ground water is for agricultural irrigation, conserving water at the point-of-use, through efficiency efforts and optimal irrigation scheduling, can have a big effect on the rest of the water systems.
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In Colorado, agricultural educators are working with farmers to install subsurface drip irrigation systems, which supply controlled amounts of water to crops with little waste. Drip is especially suitable for arid, hot and windy areas. Subsurface application of water to the root zone also has the potential to improve yields by reducing the incidence of disease and weeds.