Farmers are using tech, including drones, to assess their crops for water stress before watering them with critically low resources in the Colorado River.
To help researchers evaluate the exact level of water necessary to grow a harvest, farmers are using “deficit irrigation.” They are deliberately cutting back on water and snapping images of the results on their fields via a drone’s infrared camera.
It is yet another attempt of farmers to squeeze the most out of every drop of the Colorado River, vital to their crops and the lives of 40 million residents that get water from the river.
57%-70% of the water from the Colorado River is used in agriculture. With such rapid use, and climate change fueling drought conditions, the critical resource for life and livelihood is rapidly disappearing.