James Adkins Guest Lecture

I was unable to attend the guest lecture on irrigation, but just be going through the powerpoint I feel like I’ve learned something. What surprised me the most was how important and integral statistical analysis and calculations were to regulating Crop ET. I also am interested to learn more about the new irrigation technology he shows pictures of.  It’s interesting to think abut irrigation becoming automated within the next 50 years. I can imagine that irrigation is one of the most important factors in successful farming, and it occurred to me that I’m sure these newer technologies, or even those we would deem “older” aren’t even used in some of the more developing countries. It’s amazing to think about how agriculture used to be when farmers relied on natural irrigation, and not so much technology. My hope is that we can evolve even further but with a greater focus on finding more sustainable practices, and preserve the water we have.

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