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For Farmers, Water-Saving Technology Offers Big Gains

Preston eagerly signed up to bring innovative water-saving practices to his fields. These practices were developed by researchers and then brought to working farms like Preston’s through a powerful partnership made up of The Nature Conservancy, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District.

Water Only Where You Need It

One technology allows farmers to irrigate more precisely, shutting off water-spraying nozzles over ponds, roads or other areas where crops don’t grow. “We’ve been able to micromanage exactly which part of the fields get watered,” he says.

Another tool, soil moisture sensors, gives Preston and other farmers real-time data about how much water is in the ground. “We can better predict when we should irrigate, or whether we should irrigate at all.”

These practices are paying off for Preston and many other farmers in the area. “There’s no more running to the field each day and trying to decide if I need to irrigate today or whether I can wait until tomorrow. It’s given me the confidence to know that I’m doing the exact right thing at the exact right time.”

This confidence allows Preston to know that he is teaching his children an important lesson. “If I can get involved now and lead [my children] in a positive direction then at the end of the day, that’s the biggest gain.”

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9:04PM PST on Feb 1, 2013

Hard working guys, we need more farmers just like Preston and others alike, well done

4:54PM PST on Feb 1, 2013

To be a farmer is to have faith in the future. I wish you and all farmers, enough. Enough sun, rain, healthy plants and enough profits to keep going.

5:59PM PST on Jan 31, 2013

Sweet! Keep at it Preston.

9:00PM PST on Jan 29, 2013

farmers are using bush management techniques to rehabilitate the natural ecosystem. Not only is the environment healthier, but so are his profits.
Watch on link below
http://cutv.ws/play/10739

8:20PM PST on Jan 26, 2013

Thank you Preston for continuing the farming tradition. Good to see that even farmers are trying to conserve and to involve technology into the farm life.

6:30PM PST on Jan 26, 2013

What happened with Drip Irrigation? This is by far and away the best water conservation measure any farmer could employ. The irrigation lines are ONLY in the planted field, with the use of water sensors, and a drip system one could save millions of gallons.

1:00PM PST on Jan 26, 2013

this is great, hope other farmers do the same, thanks for sharing this

6:11AM PST on Jan 26, 2013

interesting

8:41PM PST on Jan 25, 2013

Most water will cease to be wasted as soon as we give up the animal diet

8:24PM PST on Jan 25, 2013

awesome!!

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