Agricultural producers in the Southeast face increasing production, financial, and legal risk due to crop water needs, weather patterns, and increasing legal/regulatory concerns related to water use. Advanced irrigation technology and management tools have been developed to aid producers in their water management decisions and to increase water use efficiency. These include soil moisture sensors, scheduling apps, and irrigation models. One all day workshop and three field days were developed and led by a team of experts at the University of Georgia focused on providing cotton and peanut producers in Georgia and Florida with in-depth education on 1) advanced methods for making irrigation decisions; 2) investment, operating costs, and expected net returns; 3) climate; and 4) state regulatory issues. In addition, producers were guided through the analysis and decision process of choosing the proper system and management structure for their operation. Knowledge gain was reported by 78% of participants, while 85% reported they intended use the information provided. Furthermore, producers reported an expected average financial benefit of $7.09 per acre as a result of participation in this program.
Number of Participants: 109
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