Irrigation conference educates farmers about water conservation

Groundwater conservation and research we're a top the list of important subjects at this years High Plains Irrigation Conference.

Members of the Texas Agricultural Irrigation association converged on the Amarillo Civic Center to discuss water issues and how applied research programs are answering questions about the water supply in the Panhandle.

The Ogallala Aquifer has been for the last 50 years a driver for the economy in this area," said Kirk Welch, Outreach Assistant General Manager.

Due to water becoming a diminishing resource ag producers are concerned that in three to four generations farmers won't have what they need to grow crops.

With restrictions in play both medium and large operations understand the importance of water conservation.

"Putting in place a strategy," said Welch. A systematic approach to taking care of the aquifer."

Through technological developments farmers have been able to make best use of water.

"When it comes to water it's just a lack of water and how much water is available," said Charles Schlabs, farmer. "We've been irrigating over 60 years and we still will be irrigating for a long time but we have less water all the time."

Conferences like this are designed to help farmers improve profitability in irrigated agriculture.

Which is why farmers say it's imperative to share and apply new technologies in water conservation.