Farmer Adoption of Irrigation Automation

by John D. Hedlund, USDA-Soil Conservation Service, Portland, OR, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Irrigation Systems for the 21st Century


Farmer acceptance of irrigation automation for water conservation in the eleven Western states is limited. About 29,000 acres, or 0. 1 percent, of the 25 million acres irrigated in these states are converted to semi-automated surface systems, most in the past few years. A greater degree of acceptance of automation has been obtained in the special United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Salinity Control project areas. Accelerated technical and financial assistance in three project areas has provided incentives for the adoption of automation, when farmers perceive the benefits. This paper discusses the subject in general and specific applications in the Wellton - Mohawk Project, Grand Valley, Colorado, and Uintah Basin, Utah.

Subject Headings: Agriculture | Irrigation | Automation | Water conservation | Irrigation districts | Irrigation water | Surface irrigation | Salinity | United States | Colorado | Utah

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