Water

Collaborating with farmers to help protect streams and rivers in Michigan

Water quality is integral to crop health, but proper water management is also integral to protecting our natural waterways and lakes in Michigan. About 40% of Michigan’s consumptive water – water that is not returned... more »

Project taps plasma technology to disinfect wash water

A Drexel University research team is working to harness technology similar to that used in plasma televisions and fluorescent lights to develop an effective, non-chemical, low-cost wash water disinfection system. Cold plasma is created when... more »

Valley Irrigation acquires PrecisionKing

Valley Irrigation has acquired PrecisionKing, a  Mississippi-based ag tech company with products focused on moisture monitoring, pump control and remote sensing, especially of flood irrigation. “We are excited about this acquisition for many reasons,” Darren Siekman,... more »

EPA approves pathogen treatment protocol for ag water

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced July 30 a new protocol for the development and registration of antimicrobial treatments for preharvest agricultural water, such as the water used in farm irrigation systems. The protocol... more »

Updates on soil moisture-based irrigation for orchards

Now is the time to consider the use of soil moisture sensors in orchards to provide guidance for irrigation scheduling. Installation and monitoring of the data produced are simple procedures and can provide excellent benefits... more »

Watering techniques come from Washington winegrapes

New techniques for irrigating winegrapes with less water and for higher quality are being developed by Washington State University (WSU) researchers. Second only to California in winegrapes’ growing, Washington cultivates roughly 60,000 acres. While most... more »

Virginia State agricultural researchers awarded more than $1M in grants

Researchers at Virginia State University’s Agricultural Research Station (VSU-ARS) were recently awarded $1.4 million in capacity building grants (CBG) from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Chyer Kim, Food Scientist at VSU-ARS, was awarded $499,644... more »

Sustainable irrigation water for southern Sacramento County farms pursued

A joint venture (JV) of Brown and Caldwell and Carollo Engineers has been selected by the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District (Regional San) to provide capital program management services for the $375 million South Sacramento... more »


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