6 Water Management Tips for Farming

| 1/18/2017 10:45:00 AM

Megan WildThere is no shame in hopping on the sustainability train when it comes to your farming. Running a farm takes time, effort, and is no easy day job. It’s a lifestyle. That’s why you want to make sure your farm is up to the best standards, especially when it comes to water management.

Water is essential to life, and without it you wouldn’t have a farm or any irrigation. Here are six ways you can better manage water on your farm:

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1. Rainwater Harvesting

It’s no surprise that farmers have great knowledge about how to harvest their crops, but do you as a farmer know how to harvest rain? Harvesting rainwater is a simple way to capture and store natural water. You can collect rainwater in various containers — such as barrels or tanks — that sit below a catchment area where the rain runs off and into the container.

Rainwater can easily be recycled and used for irrigation on your farm or as water for your animals. It can even be used to shower and bathe in your home. Not only does it have environmental benefits, like reducing the threat of flooding on your landscape, but the economic benefit of lower utility bills can also help you save each year.

2. Grade Control Systems

Farmers have to put in hard work to make sure their fields and land are elevated properly and will drain well so that the fields don’t flood. Grade control systems are automated pieces of equipment that connect to the machine farmers use for this process. These systems can help farmers improve productivity and accuracy by up to 50 percent, which is a win for the environment and for your pocketbook.