irrigation water management News

  • 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 ...

  • Writing an equation for soil success

    Soil isn’t one size fits all. It may look the same under your feet – but under a microscope, that’s a different story. A plant’s roots, tiny bugs – these things can tell one soil from another quite easily. Soil scientists typically measure different aspects of soil — how much air it contains, how well it retains water, heat, and more — to ...


    By American Society of Agronomy

  • ICL Water Solutions supports project for sustainable irrigation management in Zimbabwe

    We continue to support humanitarian actions related to water in Africa. This year we focus our support on a sustainable irrigation project. Target group are 1,540 farmer families including sugar cane farmers and surrounding communities in the Runde region, Zimbabwe, Africa. We partnered with CARE, a well-established international non-governmental organization (NGO) with a long presence in ...


    By Kurita

  • Japan & ADB to help Viet Nam improve water management and irrigation systems

    Japan and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) are helping Viet Nam improve its water management and modernize its irrigation systems. The Japan Special Fund, through ADB, will provide a $1 million grant to help design a project to upgrade the quality of water-related public services and improve the management of Viet Nam’s water resources used for irrigation. For its part, Viet Nam will contribute ...


    By Asian Development Bank

  • Saudi Arabia captured by Dacom irrigation management system

    In Saudi Arabia drastic measures are needed to reduce the water usage by the agricultural sector. The Ministry of Agriculture has set itself the task to decrease the water consumption from 17 to 5 billion mᶟ. Since 2010, the Ministry of Agriculture has dedicated Dacom to a project to monitor the soil moisture at various arable farmers throughout Saudi Arabia. To this, Dacom advices both the ...


    By Dacom

  • Treated wastewater irrigation use

    An article in Water Asset Management International examines economic, social and environmental factors which could be considered in an integrated way to evaluate the treated municipal wastewater reuse procedure for irrigation purposes in Greece. Water scarcity and deterioration in the quality of water resources in ...

  • 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 ...

  • How much water is used for irrigation in European agriculture?

    Agriculture plays a large role in the management of water in the EU. However, there is little consistent information on water use in irrigation. New EU supported research has estimated how much water is used for irrigation in European countries, providing a framework to analyse agricultural pressures on water quantity. Water scarcity is an increasing problem in the EU and the situation is ...

  • Irrigation district to clean water in milestone settlement

    The federal government has settled a decades-old lawsuit with the nation's largest irrigation district, which has agreed in a tentative deal to clean up contaminated water in California's fertile Central Valley. Westlands Water District will clean up water tainted by salt that has accumulated in soil from years of irrigation, general manager Thomas Birmingham said  ...


    By Associated Press

  • “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

  • Motorizing Sudanese crop irrigation

    The parched landscape of Sudan, on the southern edge of the Sahara desert, is among the world's driest regions, with a nine-month dry season and a highly unreliable rainy season. Large-scale farmers there manage to grow about half of the impoverished nation's food production with the help of motorized irrigation pumps, but for individual subsistence farmers and their families--about two-thirds of ...

  • ET Water Sponsors Irrigation Association 2011 Water Conference

    ET Water Systems, the leader in smart irrigation control and water management solutions, today announced sponsorship participation at the Water Conference. "Water for the Future: The Role of Efficient Irrigation" is the theme for the third annual Water Conference presented by the Irrigation Association (IA) in conjunction with the American Society of Irrigation Consultants (ASIC). The 2011 ...


    By Marketwire

  • AECOM wins USAID-funded contract for irrigation and watershed-management program in Afghanistan

    AECOM Technology Corporation (NYSE: ACM), a leading provider of professional technical and management support services for public and private clients in more than 130 countries around the world, announced today that it has been awarded a five-year, US$44-million contract by Perini Management Services Inc. as part of a United States Agency for International ...


    By AECOM

  • Bolivia expands watershed-based irrigation

    IDB finances construction of new infrastructure and systems for sustainably managing scarce water resources. Bolivia will build 33 community irrigation systems covering 9,000 hectares in seven Departments throughout the country under a US$34 million program financed by the Inter-American Development Bank. Drawing on lessons from past irrigation programs in Bolivia’s arid and semi-arid regions, ...

  • Pakistan to get $75m for irrigation projects

    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide Pakistan with $75 million in loans to build several multi-purpose dams, irrigation canals and drinking water supplies across the Potohar Plateau near Islamabad. The project will improve the livelihoods of about 22,000 farming households by bringing irrigation to 11,500 hectares of agricultural land that used to rely on irregular and unpredictable ...


    By Asian Development Bank

  • 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

  • Element Blue partners with Ewing Irrigation to complete the Smarter Water Ecosystem

    Element Blue, the leading provider of IBM's Intelligent Operations for Water, today announced its partnership with Ewing Irrigation, an Arizona based wholesale distributor of water management solutions. The relationship will allow Element Blue to include Ewing ...


    By PRWeb

  • UF/IFAS avocado irrigation app should save money, water

    Avocado growers now know that a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences mobile irrigation app works well to save money while maintaining crop yields. This data, reported in a new study, is critical for an industry that has a $100 million a year economic impact on Florida. It’s also important because agriculture uses about 70 percent of the world’s water, the ...

  • How container-grown plants capture sprinkler irrigation water

    As the container nursery industry faces severe restrictions on water use, researchers are looking to identify ways to minimize watering needs and eliminate excess watering. The authors of a new study say that understanding container-grown plants' capacity to "capture" sprinkler irrigation water can give growers important tools that help them adjust irrigation rates, reduce water use, and produce ...

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