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Irrigation Example, NCAT photoMost irrigation systems are not as efficient as they should be. For example, a study in Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, and other states found that, on average, about 25 percent of the electrical energy used for irrigation pumping was being wasted due to poor pump and motor efficiency.

Overwatering also wastes energy and money. Equipment problems and management problems tend to go hand in hand. Equipment that is badly designed, inefficient, or poorly maintained reduces the irrigator's degree of control over the way water is applied. Problems like patchy water distribution and inadequate pressure make it impossible to maintain correct soil moisture levels, leading to crop stress, reduced yields, wasted water, runoff, soil erosion, and many other problems.

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California Drought Programs and Resources - IP466

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Conservation Easements - IP239

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Drought and Disaster Resources for Texas Producers - IP492

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Drought Resistant Soil - IP169

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Energy Saving Tips for Irrigators - IP278

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Maintaining Irrigation Pumps, Motors, and Engines - IP299

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Managed Grazing in Riparian Areas - IP223

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Measuring and Conserving Irrigation Water - IP280

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Micro-Hydro Power: A Beginners Guide to Design and Installation - IP383

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Micro-Hydro Power: Is It Right for My Farm? - IP384

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Protecting Riparian Areas: Farmland Management Strategies - IP186

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Protecting Water Quality on Organic Farms - IP214

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Soil Moisture Monitoring: Low-Cost Tools and Methods - IP277

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The California Microirrigation Pocket Guide - IP415


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Hydro Power for Gravity Flow Irrigation Systems

Links

Agricultural Energy Publications
From University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension. Downloadable publications on many farm energy topics, including irrigation.
Irrigation Engineering Publications
University of Nebraska Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources website, offering dozens of publications on irrigation management and hardware.
The California Energy Commission
Energy in Agriculture Program offers related case studies, publications, and research projects.
USDA-NRCS Energy Estimator: Irrigation
This tool enables you to estimate energy cost of pumping water in the irrigation operations on your farm or ranch. NRCS technical specialists developed this model to integrate general technical information on farm-specific crops, energy prices, and pumping requirements.
Wateright
A "multi-function, educational resource for irrigation water management," from the Center for Irrigation Technology at California State University, Fresno.
Wind Energy for Irrigation Power
This Excel spreadsheet from Montana State University allows you to compare up to three different sizes of wind turbines, and up to four different types of irrigation systems, matching electric requirements to wind turbine generating capacity.

 

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This page was last updated on: March 18, 2015