Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

Cotton growers could save water and irrigation costs with little loss of yield

Here’s a story that could result in significant water savings for cotton growers in the Southeast.  According to a press release from the University of Georgia this week, “Decreasing irrigation for cotton crops during the early season may not affect yields and could save growers more than 54,000 gallons of water per acre, according to University of Georgia researchers.”  The study looked at the impacts of a dry start to the growing season compared to wet years and found that cotton did well even in the years when they experience relatively dry conditions early in the season.  This could reduce irrigation by as much as 2 inches per acre, resulting in conservation of water as well as savings in reduced pumping costs.  You can read the article at

Source: Ashish Wankhade, Commons Wikimedia