Limited Water means innovations in agriculture


Story from LubbockOnline – Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

West Texas farmers need their water.


Bad news is they haven’t had as much of it in recent years.


But in good news, they’re learning to get by with less of it.


For example, the percentage of irrigated cotton in the area has decreased from 50 percent of the total acreage to 37 percent, said Mary Jane Buerkle, communications director for Plains Cotton Growers.


“That to me says our producers are saying, ‘We’ve got to conserve our water any way we can,’” she said. “We’ve seen a shift that most likely can be attributable to water availability.”


And in fields that remain irrigated, recent innovations have helped that supplemental water go further. Read more.