03-07-19 *CSU Ext News* Ron Meyer: AgDrip Program Seeking Participants for 2019

AgDrip Program Seeking Participants for 2019

BURLINGTON, CO – March 7, 2019 – Groundwater use and availability remain key issues for the vitality of our region. In an effort to gather information about how groundwater is used over the course of the growing season and as a result of last year’s successful project, researchers at Colorado State University are once again recruiting paid participants for the Agricultural Data Reporting and Incentives Program (AgDRIP).

The voluntary program asks agricultural producers to submit monthly meter readings from individual irrigation wells via the AgDRIP smartphone application or website.  High capacity wells in the Plains and W-Y Groundwater Management Districts are eligible to enroll in the program, which will provide financial incentives to producers that choose to participate.

Producers in Colorado that participated in the program last year report that the smartphone application is easy to use and provides a useful record of water use over the course of the growing season.  The water use and crop yield information that is collected will contribute to a better understanding of how differences in seasonal water use influence crop production.  No well-specific groundwater information that is collected as part of the program will be shared with state or federal authorities.

Invitations with additional details about the program have been sent to eligible irrigated landowners. The program is supported by the United States Department of Agriculture in collaboration with Colorado State University. For more information about the program visit their website (www.AgDrip.org), contact CSU Extension Agronomist Ron Meyer (RF.Meyer@colostate.edu) at 719-346-5571 or Professor Jordan Suter in CSU’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (Jordan.Suter@colostate.edu) 970-491-2589.

Submitted to Barn Media by:

CSU Golden Plains Area Extension,  Ron Meyer, Area Extension Agent (Agronomy), 

(719) 346-5571 x 305, ron.meyer@colostate.edu

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