On commercial farms, the use of irrigation may be a necessary tool, but it’s one with many variables. Using an irrigation system properly is the key to maximizing efficiency. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, over one-third of our nation’s available water was withdrawn for irrigation purposes. Click here to read more "Irrigation and Water Management".
Most growers have strong opinions about drip and overhead irrigation systems. Some say that sprinklers could never be as efficient as drip. Others say that drip is incredibly expensive or that it is only good for some fields and crops. Click here to read more "Is Overhead Irrigation a System of the Past".
Illinois State Water Survey Required Water Reporting
Beginning in 2015, irrigators who pump 100,000 gallons a day or 70 gallons a minute are going to be required to report water usage to the Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS). Initially irrigators were told that they would need to report individually beginning in 2015. As the result of several meetings between the Illinois Irrigation Association and the Illinois Farm Bureau with ISWS, ISWS has conceded to allow aggregate reporting vs individual reporting for those growers with confidentiality concerns. It will not be a county-by-county reporting system but a regional system. If you wish to be involved in aggregate reporting, contact your local county farm bureau office for assistance in determining which region you should report to. For more information on this program, please see: http://www.sws.uiuc.edu/gws/iwip/irrigation/
To View a Water Use Reporting Webinar, please click here: www.ilfb.org/waterusereporting
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