Agricultural Irrigation Initiative: Grower Experience

Market adoption of precision irrigation practices and technologies requires acceptance and use by growers within the contexts of their farm operations and agronomic practices. While these technologies offer the promise of improved yield and corresponding savings in energy and water costs, they also come with the burden of time and effort for the growers to implement. Some precision agricultural analysts have stated that these technologies have often been developed without considering the knowledge levels, skills, and abilities of growers and service providers to effectively and economically manage these tools (Sadler et al. 2005). In addition, the equipment is often expensive and the economic returns from adopting these technologies have not been easy to consistently demonstrate.

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