Water conservation is an issue that everyone should be aware of, but farmers must be particularly mindful of their water consumption due to important practical concerns. Outside of incurring additional costs by being wasteful with water, farmers can also deplete the amount of fresh surface water that is available for future years if they’re not careful.
That’s why some farms are incorporating European Space Agency technology into their approach to water conservation.
The ESA developed a unique way for farmers to utilize satellite navigation signals in order to use their water reserves more efficiently. Using data from the satnav signals, farmers are able to assess the moisture content of their soil so that they don’t use more water than they need to grow their crops. Former ESA employee Javier Marti, who now owns the water resource management company Divirod, believes this could be big for farmers.
“We anticipate our system could save farmers around 30 percent in operating costs in terms of both water and energy,” said Marti in an interview with Phys.org. “Crop yields depend on many factors, but we estimate we could also improve yields by 10 to 12 percent.”
By using satellite navigation signals, farmers can see detailed visualizations of the moisture content in different areas of their fields. This allows them to water only the areas that need additional moisture, rather than irrigating entire fields indiscriminately. It’s great for the planet, and potentially revolutionary for the farming industry.
In addition to finding new ways to conserve water, there are other steps farmers can take to make their operations more efficient as well. At L&M Manufacturing, we offer farms the Drip-Well system to keep turbine pumps running smoothly and reliably. Check out our products online or give us a call today at 800-676-DRIP for more information on how we can help you with your agricultural needs.