What is the H20 Initiative?

The H2O initiative is a region-wide effort to reduce irrigation water use by 20% within the Mississippi Delta by the year 2020. Through collaboration and communication, a network of technical experts and farmers will reduce water used for irrigation.

The Delta Region of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Missouri are a highly productive region for crops that is dependent on irrigation for successful crop growth. Through the H2O Initiative, growers can utilize more efficient irrigation practices resulting in:

  • Cost savings for growers through efficient irrigation
  • Water conservation to ensure there is ample water to irrigate crops for years to come.

If every irrigated acre in the Delta used Pipe Planner, farmers could save more than one trillion gallons of water per year.

The H2O Initiative is supported by a diverse group of stakeholders from agriculture, conservation, academia, government and the private sector. The H2O Initiative strives to reduce irrigation water usage through educational forums, information and tools such as Pipe Planner, MIRI/AWD, Soil Moisture Probes, Surge Valves and other practices.

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Several years ago I had a farmer in the rice verification program that was very successful growing upland crops, but felt he wanted to learn more about rice production. A few years later, his brother became a participant, and it was later told to me that the second brother asked the first what to expect… Read more

DELTA FARM PRESS — Researchers are finding farmers can grow a “nice rice crop” using two acre fee of irrigation water. Rice prices have improved somewhat in recent weeks, but not enough to make rice farming truly profitable. That’s why more than 100 farmers traveled to Osceola, Ark., to attend the Mississippi County Water Management… Read more

Furrow-irrigated rice, also known as row rice or upland rice, has recently become an increasingly interesting option to simplify crop rotations in the Mid-South. Since rice is a semi-aquatic plant, upland (non-flooded) production research efforts are limited. Contained in this information sheet are general recommendations to follow if attempting to grow upland rice using furrow… Read more