As producers throughout the nation
grow increasingly concerned about water scarcity, farmers, ranchers
and agricultural educators are beginning to explore new, conservation-oriented
approaches to water use. They are managing soil to improve infiltration,
selecting drought-tolerant crops and native forages, and designing
innovative runoff collection systems.
Smart Water Use on Your Farm or Ranch spotlights innovative,
SARE-funded research into a range of conservation options including
soil management, such as using compost, conservation tillage and
cover crops; plant management, featuring crop rotation, water-conserving
plants and rangeland drought mitigation; and water management strategies
such as low-volume irrigation and water recycling.