Oregon farmers help conserve groundwater with efficient irrigation
AUMSVILLE, Ore. – Father-son farmers Steve and Daniel Keudell are seeing tremendous energy and water savings on their 1,600-acre vegetable farm, thanks to energy-efficient linear irrigation systems installed with financial assistance from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). NRCS is helping farmers in Marion County convert to low-pressure, efficient irrigation systems, as part of a strategic groundwater conservation initiative in the Stayton-Sublimity Restricted Groundwater Priority Area. The new linear irrigation systems are up to 30 percent more efficient than other systems typically used in the area (such as big guns), and they save significant water and energy. Over time, these water savings reduce the strain on the groundwater priority area and allow the aquifer to stabilize. NRCS photo by Tracy Robillard, June 2015.