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Agriculture industry shares ideas at High Plains Irrigation Conference

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Amarillo, TX - During a drought farmers and landowners are usually looking for ways to conserve water while still maintaining crop yields.

Thursday, those in the agriculture business shared techniques to hopefully help them have a successful and responsible year.

"We've been in a drought for three years, it's been tough and it's put a lot of pressure on our irrigation wells on our water resources, but it's also brought a lot of attention to the importance of doing irrigation right and doing a good job of managing our water efficiently," said Dr. Dana Porter who is an Extension Agriculture Irrigation Specialist for the Texas AgriLife Extension Service.

One thing farmers and landowners can do is select the right type of hybrids.

"The first thing is hybrid selection, is what kind of hybrids I use under these kind of reduced irrigation and drought conditions," Dr. Qingwu Xue who is an Assistant Professor of Crop Physiology with Texas A&M AgriLife Research said.

It's also important for them to efficiently use both their well water and rain water.

"The bottom line is to maximize your yield and use, effectively use your water, your well water, precipitation, rain fall also is from the water soil storage," said Xue.

In addition to speakers discussing the best way to conserve water while irrigating, there were many companies there to show off the newest products and technology available in irrigation.

"It's important for us to keep up to date on the new developments from research as well as industry, we have a trade show going on at the same time, a lot of new technologies, new tools to advance our irrigation efficiency," Porter said.

Some of the new technology includes a product which helps keep the water in the soil, and an app which helps farmers monitor their pumps and pivots.

The conference  meets yearly to cover all aspects of  the agricultural economic considerations of irrigation.