Groundwater is a precious resource, and irrigators understand this better than most.
DWFI is a partner in the Irrigation Innovation Consortium, a group of five university partners and eight founding industry partners formed in 2018. The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research funds the consortium with the goal of “advancing irrigation automation, remote sensing, data management and decision support, modernization, and management to enhance energy and water use efficiency in irrigated food systems and amenity landscapes across the globe.”
“We are going to see the confluence of a warmer climate, growing population, and food demand, competition for scarce water supplies, depletion of aquifers all come into play,” says the Colorado state lead of the consortium, Reagan M. Waskom, who is also the director of the Colorado Water Center at Colorado State University. “We have no choice but to innovate solutions at all levels.”