Innovative UGA Extension Research – Agricultural Water Efficiency Team (AgWet)

Innovative UGA Extension Research – Agricultural Water Efficiency Team (AgWet)


[Music is playing]>>Calvin Perry, Superintendent Stripling Irrigation
Research Park: So we’ve seen from growth and population that water resources are being
impacted and are important right now to our state. We know that agriculture uses a tremendous amount of water, so we we know
that we’ve got to be more efficient when we irrigate.>>Jennifer Miller, UGA Extension Agent Jeff
Davis County: The reason why we got involved in the AgWet project here in Jeff Davis County is because our
growers spend a lot of time, money and energy on water and irrigating more effectively and efficiently
and more timely is very important to them.>>Calvin Perry: So within
Extension and the college broadly we have a lot of tools to help our farmers be more
efficient when they irrigate. But we needed a concerted effort to get that
information out to our County agents and through them to our farmers so that they
can be as efficient as they can be when they do irrigate.>>George Vellidis, Professor Crop and Soil
Sciences: We know that farmers don’t have a lot of good irrigation scheduling solutions available in their hands at the
moment so we want to provide them with a spectrum of solutions from sensors all
the way to the apps.>>Wesley Porter,Extension Specialist Crop
and Soil Sciences: And what we’re looking at with this project here is basically the
adoption rates the hindrances to adoption and talking with
agents and the farmers both via in person and by surveys to kind of see
how we can promote higher levels adoption of this technology and
irrigation scheduling and if there’s anything we can do or change on
our end to help increase those levels of adoption. We have a very large faculty
base for this team, very multidisciplinary and we’re obviously
working with a lot of agents here and collaborating with them very
regularly and we’ve also pulled a lot of farmers in on this also to kind of show
what we can do when we work across a multidisciplinary team.>>Calvin Perry: We constantly
interact with our agents on this project through the growing season and even
beyond and we’re excited that they were willing to maybe go out of their comfort
zone and work with us.>>Jennifer Miller: Collaboration kind of helps
you see the point of view of several different people and it opens your eyes to
something you may not have thought about before so it gives you multiple right
answers for a question and it gets you to thinking about all the possibilities
there are.

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