Irrigation management strategies in Georgia
Mullen, Jeffrey D.
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Water use distribution across space, time, and crops is important to irrigation management strategies. A survey of Georgia irrigators was administered to collects information about crop choices and irrigated acreages allocation under different irrigation management strategies, factors affecting the decision to irrigate, farmers’ interest in open-access information, and decision support programs. Results indicate that the choice of crops affects the irrigation management strategy applied. Weather, soil, plant visual condition, germination, and growth stage are the most cited factors affecting the decision to turn on the pump. The quantity of irrigated water is typically measured by visual inspection and general experience. Farmers expressed considerable interest in accessing information relevant to their crop choice, acreage allocation, and irrigation strategies through the internet