Your Farm and 3 Ways to Reduce Water Usage
Finding ways to reduce their impact on the environment is a big concern for farmers. Reducing water usage and finding smarter ways to use resources like water are imperative for farming. Consumer attitudes are changing. People are adapting their diets in an attempt to reduce their impact on the planet. That means that if farmers cannot find ways to be greener, they are likely to fall behind. They will struggle to sell their crops for human consumption. Climate change also poses a big problem to farms because the weather is becoming more extreme. Farmers are having to adapt their methods to account for that.
3 Simple Ways To Reduce Water Usage On Your Farm
When people talk about environmental responsibility in farming, they are usually referring to carbon emissions, which is a big problem. However, water consumption is equally as important. Many places around the world are already experiencing shortages. Farming is very water intensive. If methods do not change, water shortages will become more common around the world. The good news is however, there are some simple ways to reduce that water consumption. If you are looking for ways to save some money and reduce your impact on the environment, you could adopt these water saving techniques on your farm.
The easiest way to cut down on your water usage is to collect rainwater and reuse it to water crops with. During the year, you can collect a lot of water. And, while it will not cover all of your usage, it will massively reduce the amount that you are using. That means you will have a much lower water bill. As well, your environmental impact will be reduced in a big way. The only problem that people face here is space. If you have a huge farm then it is not too much trouble to put a big water tank somewhere but if it is just a small farm, you might struggle. However, you can get some great slimline water tanks that do not take up much space at all. It does not matter if you do not collect huge amounts of water; any rainwater that you can recycle helps the situation.
When we build our house, more than 30 years ago, we put in a concrete water reservoir to collect rainwater. Back then, this was our only source of water, and for drinking, we had well water. Now I mostly use this for watering my garden, as we now have city water. No more hauling water needed!
The crops we grow do not need irrigation, and the cows drink well water or water from the pond.
Last year when it was so dry, the pond ran dry, and the cows had to drink more from the well. Luckily we had enough snow last winter, and rain this spring to fill the pond again.
Outdated irrigation systems are very wasteful. Especially if they are not well maintained and they have a lot of leaks. However, if you upgrade to a drip irrigation system, your water usage will drop drastically. Drip irrigation systems feed water directly into the roots, which means you need a lot less water because it is being used far more efficiently.
Setting timers on irrigation systems and scheduling them more efficiently will save you a lot of water as well. If you are watering during the hottest period of the day, a lot of that water will start to evaporate before the roots of the crop can take it up. Meaning, you need to use more water to keep them healthy. However, if you simply schedule watering for the cooler parts of the day, you will not have to worry about evaporation as much. You should also monitor the weather forecast so you can skip watering when there is going to be heavy rain. This reduces water consumption and stops over watering of your crops
These simple changes will not cost you that much to implement but in the long term, they will save you money and reduce your water usage by a long way.
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