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Texas Project for Ag Water Efficiency - From River to Farm

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Presented by Wayne Halbert and Tom McLemore - Harlingten Irrigation District - at the Texas Water Conservation Association Fall Conference 2012 www.twca.org

Presented by Wayne Halbert and Tom McLemore - Harlingten Irrigation District - at the Texas Water Conservation Association Fall Conference 2012 www.twca.org

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  • 1. From river to farm Wayne Halbert & Tom McLemore Harlingen Irrigation District Texas Water Conservation Association October 25, 2012 www.TexasAWE.org
  • 2. ALL EYES ARE ON AGRICULTURE
  • 3. FORUMULA FOR DOING MORE WITH LESS maximizing ag water efficiency = integrating on-farm application with district delivery systems
  • 4. KEY FINDINGS #1. Best approach to ag water conservation: increase the efficiency ofirrigation district operations
  • 5. SYSTEM OPTIMIZATION• Minimizes district water losses• Enhances system performance• Enables precise delivery of water to farms• Maximizes efficiency in irrigation
  • 6. KEY FINDINGS#2. Best methods of achieving district efficiencies: • infrastructure • automation • interconnectivity
  • 7. THE HID EXPERIENCE HID automation • 40 miles of canals • 200 miles in pipeline • 36 re-lift pump houses • 37 automated gates • All networked by telemetry • Controlled by SCADA • Remotely accessible
  • 8. AWEsome AUTOGATES
  • 9. PREVENTING WATER LOSS Instant information & control: • system provides status check & alerts • allows for rapid response & problem-solving
  • 10. RETOOLING THE SYSTEMThen Now
  • 11. VIRTUALLY TAMPER-PROOF
  • 12. VIRTUALLY TAMPER-PROOF
  • 13. REPLICABLE RESULTS• System componentsdesigned & built withoff-the-shelf, low-costtechnology• Plans available atTexasAWE.org• Adopted by LCRA &El Paso Irrigation District
  • 14. ON-FARM CONSERVATION • Optimized systems mean farmers can do more with less • Difficult for farmers to justify the cost ofirrigation technology given the low cost of water. • The bottom line is net farm income
  • 15. ON-FARM STUDY PARTNERS• Texas A&M Kingsville - Citrus Center • Texas AgriLife FARM Assistance • Numerous cooperating producers
  • 16. CASE STUDY: SURGE IN SEED CORN• 28% water savings in surge over furrow irrigation• However, “there is [currently] no economicincentive to switch to the new surge technology asthe cost of the surge valve offsets the potential watercost savings.”
  • 17. CASE STUDY: CITRUS IRRIGATION Narrow border floodLarge pan flood
  • 18. CASE STUDY: NBF ADVANTAGESNarrow border v. large pan flood irrigation:• 50% more net farm cash income• 18.5% higher average yield• Minimal investment
  • 19. RIO GRANDE CENTER: TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER
  • 20. INFO-SHARING & HANDS-ON TRAINING
  • 21. UPCOMING TRAINING EVENTS
  • 22. STAY TUNED @ TexasAWE.org
  • 23. JOIN THE TEXAS AWE PARTNERSHIP Texas Water Development Board Harlingen Irrigation District AW Blair Engineering Texas A&M Kingsville – Citrus CenterTexas Agrilife Extension & FARM Assistance Rio Grande Basin Initiative Delta Lake Irrigation District WaterPR Your Name Here
  • 24. For more information, contact:Tom McLemore, Project Manager 956-423-7015 tmclemore@hidcc1.org www.TexasAWE.org