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Flood and Bench Irrigation

Invest in flood and bench irrigation for reduced disease, improved plant health and reduced labor costs.
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Fix That Leak:
10 Ways To Save Water

Are you a steward of the Earth? Here are a few simple things you can do to conserve water resources.

Water WiseWater is the Earth's most important natural resource and too much of it is wasted daily. Greenhouse growers can curb water waste with just a few, simple and cost-efficient measures. Check out the following water-saving methods and then make a date with your operations team to put them into play. In addition to some low-cost tools and systems you can put in place, there are also a few no-brainers on the list that won't cost you anything - but will save you a lot of money and improve your environmental profile.

Check for Leaks
The most obvious water-saving measure may be the one that you overlook, consequently wasting hundreds of gallons of water and running up your water bill. That's why all growers should build in time to periodically check all valves, pipes and hoses for leaks. A small drip from a worn faucet washer can waste 20 gallons of water per day. Larger leaks can waste hundreds of gallons. Study your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, there is a leak.

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Are You Ready
For Water Quality Regulations?

Dr. Craig KolodgeWe caught up again with Dr. Craig Kolodge, a Carlsbad, Calif. regional representative for Filtrexx International, based in Grafton, Ohio, to learn about updates that have occurred within the last year in water quality laws. He provides some valuable information on how growers get ready for regulation and help safeguard the water supply.

1. DTS:What changes have occurred in water quality laws within the past year?

Kolodge: The biggest news here in California is the report that was just released by University of California-Davis on the impact of agricultural run-off on drinking water quality, specifically pesticides and nitrate pollution. This is having an immediate impact on agriculture here in California and I suspect it will flow over to other states in the near future.

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