July 24th, 2003
Dawson - Farmers throughout South Georgia viewed an irrigation method that is new to the area on Thursday. Drip irrigation uses approximately 25 % less water than the more commonly used sprinkler irrigation systems, but it is much more expensive.
Dr. Ron Sorensen is a researcher for the national peanut lab. He says the system is easier for farmers to use. Sorenson says, "What we're basically trying to do is to find out is it economically feasible for farmers to go from the traditional over head sprinkler to drip irrigation."
The system automatically measures the amount of water needed to water a crop, so no time or water is wasted.
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