SRWMD, Partners Assist Producers To Quantify Water Reduction

On November 24, 2014 at 05:01PM, Suwannee River Water Management District published the following article:

LIVE OAK, FL, November 24, 2014 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) recently partnered to study the impacts of irrigation and nutrient management practices to guide producers in the Suwannee River Basin.

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CONTACT: Abby Johnson Office of Communications
Suwannee River Water Management District
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SRWMD, Partners assist producers to quantify water reduction
LIVE OAK, FL, November 24, 2014 –

The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) recently partnered to study the impacts of irrigation and nutrient management practices to guide producers in the Suwannee River Basin. Over the course of the next
three years, field demonstration committed to replicating various irrigation schedules and fertilizers
will examine and evaluate water savings and the potential nutrient movement across soil types specific to
this region and corn- peanut rotations.

Driven by science, the District with Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), Florida
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) and University of Florida – Institute of Food
and Agricultural Sciences (UF-IFAS) and University of Florida’s Water Institute are committed to water conservation soilprobeand maintaining sustainable water supply. This trial will help producers use water and fertilizers more efficiently.

UF-IFAS Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center will host the demonstration. Each plot will be equipped with a sensor that monitors key parameters at multiple depths. The measurements can be captured and reported in real time. This information will be used to automate irrigation schedules. Nutrient leaching will be measured using
special meters and soil borings from the land surface to the top of the water table.

Outcomes of this pilot project will provide producers research-based irrigation scheduling based on soil moisture sensor readings. This data could be used across the District to reduce the ground water pumping and nutrient loading to water bodies. The results will help reduce water use and leaching of nutrients to the environment and
potentially increase net farm income. “The District is committed to implementing strategies to ensure sustainable water
supplies by employing innovative technologies. This is an excellent example of benefits Soil probes will measure and report data in real time.

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