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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

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Saving Water Through Early Irrigation Termination 
Irrigated cotton is one of the major crops in Oklahoma. According to the 2018 Irrigation and Water Management Survey conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture, Oklahoma had about 114,000 acres of irrigated cotton, ranking us eighth among all cotton producing states. In terms of average yield harvested at irrigated cotton fields, however, Oklahoma was ranked fourth, following California, Arizona and Missouri.

The future growth, economic viability and environmental sustainability of irrigated cotton in Oklahoma relies on the availability of agricultural water resources with appropriate quality. At the same time, our water resources are facing grand challenges caused by frequently occurring droughts, declining groundwater levels, diminishing river flows to surface reservoirs and degrading water quality.

To address these challenges, Oklahoma State University’s researchers, extension specialists and educators have been collaborating with Oklahoma cotton producers for many years, conducting state-of-the-art research and demonstration projects across the state. One of these projects investigated different irrigation termination times and their effects on cotton yield and fiber quality. If irrigations can be terminated earlier at the end of the growing season without hurting yield and fiber quality, precious water resources could be saved for the future.

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