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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Coburn says the first crop consultants he knew of were working as early as the late 1940s in the Mid-South. Grady Coburn remembers when a crop consultant was primarily hired to check for insect pests in cotton. “Cotton was the most complex crop grown in the South,” says Coburn, Pest Management Enterprises, Cheneyville, La. “Cotton also… Read more
In March, growers and AG industry professionals will have the opportunity to take part in a series of Pipe Planner instructional webinars given by Delta Plastics’ Irrigation Specialist Chris DeClerk. The two-hour webinars are offered at 9:00 am and 2:00 pm on the days scheduled and will detail data collection, input, troubleshooting and navigation through… Read more
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