irrigation efficiency News

  • Funding Available to Farmers to Improve Irrigation Water Efficiency

     The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California, in partnership with DOI's Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), is providing funds to improve the efficiency of agricultural water use in five select locations throughout California. This partnership combines rural infrastructure upgrades with on-farm conservation enhancements.  The deadline to submit an application ...

  • “Efficient” irrigation tool may deplete more water

    An Israeli water engineer was sitting under a tree one day when he noticed a leaking faucet slowly drip water to the tree's roots, a nearly 50-year-old irrigation tale says. The idea inspired the invention of modern drip irrigation, also known as micro-irrigation. The method runs water through plastic tubes that release the flow through small holes directly to crop roots or stems. The precise ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • KISSS America’s Water Efficient Product Is “Smart” For Smart Irrigation Month

    Many factors play into smart irrigation including starting with an ...


    By PRWeb

  • Efficiency for professionals

    “Contribute to increase the efficiency of professionals in potato, vegetable and irrigation business by integral and innovative solutions.” That is our Vision. From words to deeds, we have developed in close cooperation with our suppliers possibilities to combine different operations during potato planting, so it can be done in 1 single pass. This has the following benefits: ...


    By APH Group

  • Australian farmers to lose irrigation water

    Farmers would lose more than a third of irrigation water in Australia’s major food bowl, the Murray-Darling, under a plan released on Friday to restore ailing rivers, posing a new headache for the Labor minority government. Farmers and irrigators have warned of farm closures, massive job losses and higher food prices. The move could also see the value of cotton production cut by 25% ...

  • Australian funds flow for irrigation projects

    Grants totalling $4.6 million have been awarded to 14 irrigation water providers to develop modernisation plans for reducing water loss in the water infrastructure that they own and operate. Minister for Climate Change and Water, Senator Penny Wong said: “The purpose of the grants is to help these water providers identify and consider the range of options available to them to modernise their ...


    By Australian Government

  • Cornell Pump at the 2014 Irrigation Show

    Talk to the Factory Experts from Cornell Pump at the 2104 Irrigation Show in Phoenix, Arizona. Cornell will be exhibiting in booth 1909 through November 20th. See the latest in our agricultural line, including the EDGE booster pump and our high-efficiency, dependable STX self-priming pumps. Learn about Cornell advantages such as our Cycloseal sealing system and Redi-Prime ...


    By Cornell Pump Company

  • West Basin Receives $100,000 Grant for Landscape and Irrigation Efficiency Program to Reduce Runoff to Santa Monica Bay

    West Basin Municipal Water District (West Basin) was awarded a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) to help fund a $417,000 outdoor water efficiency program. The Landscape Irrigation Efficiency Program or “LIEP” (pronounced “leap”) is designed to provide funding assistance to West Basin’s public retail customer ...

  • Global irrigated area at record levels, but expansion slowing

    In 2009, the most recent year for which global data are available from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 311 million hectares in the world was equipped for irrigation but only 84 percent of that area was actually being irrigated, according to new research conducted by the Worldwatch Institute for its Vital Signs Online service ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Proposals invited for Australian $300m on-farm irrigation program

    The Rudd Government is calling for proposals for a new $300 million on-farm irrigation efficiency grants program to help deliver a long-term sustainable future for Murray-Darling Basin irrigation communities. Releasing the program guidelines, Minister for Climate Change and Water, Senator Penny Wong, said the funding would help irrigation communities adjust to a future with less water by ...


    By Australian Government

  • Innovative Irrigation Filter Helps California Combat Drought

    A leading US filtration specialist has developed a new product which could help to combat the severe water shortage that is blighting the South-West. California is currently suffering through one of the worst droughts in the past century, threatening the state’s massive agricultural sector. Porvair Filtration Group Inc.’s Sinterflo® MC metal mesh composite product line - ...


    By Porvair Filtration Group

  • Crop Insurance Approved for Pivot-Irrigated Rice

    It has taken a lot of time and work (mostly by other people), but last week we finally got some good news in the pivot rice world. The USDA’s Risk Management Agency board of directors approved the application to provide crop insurance coverage for producers who want to grow rice with pivots. This means that by as early as next spring producers will be able to insure their pivot-irrigated ...


  • Improved soil water sensors aid in irrigation management

    Agriculture, a large user of water for irrigation, is under pressure to reduce water use. Increased urban population growth has created more competition for limited water supplies. While growers have used soil moisture probes to aid in irrigation management in the past, earlier probes required maintenance or were expensive or inadequate.  New electronic sensors have been developed that require ...

  • Fluidra to commercialise state-of-the-art irrigation telemanagement systems

    The multinational has signed an agreement with Samcla, Spain's leading manufacturer of irrigation telemanagement systems, for the exclusive commercialisation of its products in Spain. The technology developed by Samcla makes it possible to control irrigation and lighting networks in parks and green spaces over the Internet. This technology, used in over 30 municipalities in the country, ...


    By Fluidra

  • Does pasture irrigation increase groundwater contamination?

    Concern about microbial contamination of groundwater from foraging dairy cows has increased as spray irrigation practices in New Zealand have increased over the years. Bacteria capable of living in both animals and humans are commonly found in cow manure. Addressing the lack of research on the topic, a team of New Zealand researchers studied the transport of microbes from two spray irrigated ...

  • EPA Cultivates Water-Efficient Landscapes

    Washington, D.C. - Just in time for the spring gardening season, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing its first WaterSense label for landscape irrigation. As part of the agency's new water-efficiency partnership program, two certification programs for landscape irrigation professionals received the WaterSense label for their adherence to water-saving techniques.   ...

  • ET Water Celebrates Smart Irrigation Month With the Launch of the GNOME Smart Irrigation Calculator

    ET Water Systems, the leader in smart irrigation control and water management solutions, today announced the nationwide launch of GNOME™ by ET Water. GNOME is a free Web-based water calculator that provides customized irrigation schedules to homeowners based on their local weather conditions and landscape profile. GNOME recommends just the right amount of water to use, frequently reducing water ...


    By Marketwire

  • AUS$5.6m for on-farm water efficiency

    Three water management projects will share in $5.6 million in funding under the Rudd Government’s On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency (Pilot Projects) Program, Minister for Climate Change and Water, Senator Penny Wong, said today. Senator Wong made the announcement in Moree, on day one of a three-day tour of the northern Murray-Darling Basin. “These pilot projects will provide the Government with a ...


    By Australian Government

  • Mastering Greenhouse Efficiency with Robotics at Vineland

    Imagine technology that could preemptively find disease in plants, allowing growers to address it proactively. Or sensors that could help irrigate more resourcefully. Or robots that could selectively harvest ripe crops. At Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Niagara, it seems as though the future is now. Vineland’s Robotics & Automation team — comprised of 5 PhDs and 6 ...

  • $500,000 Available to Farmers in the South San Joaquin Irrigation District

    The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California is providing funds to improve the efficiency of agricultural water use in the South San Joaquin Irrigation District (SSJID), Division Nine Irrigation Enhancement Project Area. The deadline to submit an application for assistance is April 29, 2013. "We are proud to offer landowners in this irrigation district ...

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