Channel Seedsman Matt Hasenauer, from North Platte, Nebraska, discusses what new irrigation technology has done for growers.
- Saving .75-1 inch of water per growing season can have major future benefits
- New irrigation technology can help save water usage
What new irrigation technologies are you using?
When it comes to new technologies in irrigation, obviously guys are using some variable rate technology where they actually divide the center pivot into little slices of pie, if you can visualize that, and based on their prescription they will speed up or slow down that pivot through those areas. And when you're dealing with a finite resource, so we have abundant underground water, but it's not unlimited. And so you may be able to save three quarters of an inch or an inch of water per growing season, but over time that really will benefit not only the grower that's doing the application, but is gonna save that resource for all the other growers in the area. So, anything that we can do to help them manage that resource more efficiently is beneficial. And I'm excited to see where that technology goes. Right now we're still in the early stages and sometimes we end up watering some areas more than we probably need to, but we're learning, and I think the more that we learn and the more that we use those technologies, the better off we're gonna be.