Friday, January 2, 2009

Improving Water Use Efficiency

Laser experiment hopes to save farm water

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Seventy-six years after the invention of the modern sprinkler helped revolutionize farming, lasers may revolutionize it again.

Jan Kleissl and a handful of his students at the University of California at San Diego think technology using laser beams might lead to a better way to conserve the millions of gallons of water sprayed each year on thirsty crops.

He and his team are using a large aperture scintillometer to study how much water crops lose to evaporation and the peak times that water disappears.

The hope is to give farmers a more accurate, up-to-date reading of how efficiently their crops are using water than current technology allows. Read More

I always enjoy featuring new technology that continues to improve agriculture’s ability to become more efficient and feed more people. Water is a valuable resource. Any farmer or rancher will tell you that if you don’t have water, you don’t have much. With more people demanding more water, we need to remind everyone that watering your lawn isn’t quite as important as watering crops and livestock.

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