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LEPA - LESA Trials in the Pacific Northwest

Wednesday, 30 January 2019 00:00

Irrigation accounts for 80-90% of the consumptive use of water in the arid areas of the Pacific Northwest where water shortages are felt the keenest.  Center pivots and linear move irrigation systems account for well over half of the total irrigated acres in the Pacific Northwest, or 3.9 million irrigated acres (NASS Farm and Ranch Irrigation Survey, 2013).  Even small changes in the efficiency of these systems will have a huge impact on the total water conservation in the Pacific Northwest. For more information click on the links below.


LEPA - LESA  Low Energy Precision Application    Low Elevation Spray Application

LEPA - LESA Short Handout


Water Is Tight

Thursday, 06 September 2018 14:19

Water is tight as season nears end

As an update to my June water report, early season dry conditions, poor snow accumulation in the mountains, and a Wickiup sinkhole led to a less than favorable start to water supply conditions early in the irrigation season.



Precious Resource: Balancing Agriculture, Conservation & Recreation

Friday, 24 August 2018 10:29

Did you know 55 percent of the carrot seeds in the U.S. are grown in Jefferson County and another 10 percent is grown in Crook and Deschutes Counties?

That’s just one of the sectors that drives the agricultural economy in Central Oregon.

In tonight’s cover story, Brian Jennings looks at the growing concerns over the key resource needed to keep that economic engine alive: Water.

Click on this link to view video


2018: makings of a tight water year for farmers

Monday, 16 July 2018 09:25

Madras Pioneer, Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Consistent with my preseason water supply report to North Unit Irrigation District patrons, dry conditions and poor snow accumulation in the mountains have led to a less than favorable forecast for the balance of the 2018 irrigation season... Click on link for full article.   2018: makings of a tight water year for farmers


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