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Introduction: 2016 SWIFT Funding Workshop in Weslaco, Texas


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The time to start evaluating your options and planning to take advantage of SWIFT funding for water conservation is now. Is your utility considering whether SWIFT funding from the Texas Water Development Board is an appropriate funding source for managing your water supplies?

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Introduction: 2016 SWIFT Funding Workshop in Weslaco, Texas

  1. 1. Welcome Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Weslaco
  2. 2. Current Research Water Management: • On-Farm irrigation strategies for water conservation in the LRGV. TWDB. Juan Enciso • Developing irrigation management strategies under drought conditions in Texas. USDA-NRCS. Conservation Innovation Grants Juan Enciso • A water and risk management tool for sustainable production of bioenergy feedstock. USDA-NIFA. John Jifon and Enciso • Developing alternative water sources for bioenergy crops production on marginal lands. Sun Grant Initiative. USDA-NIFA. Juan Enciso Weather Stations Website:
  3. 3. Water Quality: • Dissemination and fate of foodborne pathogens and indicators on produce post irrigation with surface water: an intervention trial. USDA-NIFA. Juan Enciso and J. Anciso. (Use of UV light, acids fertilizers and irrigation practices to mitigate E. coli) • Managing waste water effluent from ethanol plant. Shell Oil Company. Students :: PhD. Students. Askar Karimov Current Research
  5. 5. Tomato UAV Research March 23 April 14 May 24April 25
  6. 6. Tomato, Greenness Index (Pixels in the .5 to .6 NDVI range) 0 500 1000 1500 2000 2500 3/31 4/14 4/21 5/04 5/12 13-8 18-10 13-8 18-10 April 21, 13-8 18-10 May 12,
  7. 7. Citrus UAV Research
  8. 8. Remote Sensing + Simulation Models • The use of remote sense data as inputs for process based models will: – Improve modeling accuracy – Reduce spatial and temporal variability of crop performance – Develop new knowledge that can lead to improvements in nutrient management and water use efficiency – Increase the accuracy of estimating water and nutrient runoff from agriculture fields – Increase the efficiency of resources used