Public-​private partnerships to demonstrate irrigation technology

Tracy Streeter, Kansas
Director, Kansas Water Office

Water Technology Farms are three year pilot public-private partnerships where producer hosts demonstrate field-scale, water conservation-oriented irrigation technologies. KSU staff are deeply involved in helping establish and monitoring the farms to help answer the
producers’ specific questions and concerns about the new technology. Water Tech Farm Field Days provide exposure to large audiences for multiple types of soil moisture probes, pivot controls, irrigation scheduling systems and other water management tools. (kwo.ks.gov/projects/water-technology-farms)

"While we need to evaluate the performance of these farms for multiple years, the preliminary results from a water savings and economic standpoint are encouraging. There is growing evidence that water use reductions coupled with irrigation technology adoption and water management will result in positive effects on the aquifer and the producer’s bottom line. ”
- Tracy Streeter