FRESNO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Netafim, the global leader in drip irrigation, announced a partnership with Colorado State University researchers, local water providers and business leaders to develop a permanent subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) research facility in Colorado’s South Platte River Basin. Providing real-time research on drip irrigation methods and protocols for improving both agricultural and municipal water use efficiency in Colorado’s south Platte River Basin, Netafim’s partnership to support the Subsurface Irrigation Efficiency Project (SIEP) was officially announced during a March 3rd kickoff reception in downtown Denver.
Netafim joins the Platte River Water Development Authority, United Water and Sanitation District, Jewish Colorado, Colorado State University and 70 Ranch, LLC, in developing a facility that will provide definitive research on productivity, crop quality and overall profitability, while improving the ability of the region’s farmers to make informed decisions as it relates to maximizing productivity with limited water availability. As a project partner, Netafim will provide the facility with fully operational subsurface drip irrigation systems, and work with Colorado State researchers on developing best irrigation practices for the region.
“Five decades after being established by a group of Israeli farmers in 1965 as a solution to the lack of quality water for food production, Netafim has continued to help farmers overcome challenges, increase yields and reduce costs by providing access to the most innovative water saving crop management solutions available,” said Jason Scheibel, District Sales Manager for Netafim USA. “This project is the latest example of our longstanding commitment to working with producers, researchers and input companies to develop and promote technologies that, in the end, provide for a more sustainable and profitable farming future.”
Located on a 165-acre parcel of land in Weld County, Colorado, a team of Colorado State University researchers will utilize the facility to examine the ability of SDI technology to minimize the impact of drought-like situations on crops commonly grown in Colorado.
Following a tour of farms in Israel’s Negev Desert several years ago, Bob Lembke, President of United Water and Sanitation District and the project’s founder, recognized that if Colorado is to meet the growing demand for both agricultural and municipal water use, it will start with research and partnerships that are focused on improving the efficiency of water use on farms and in the urban/suburban corridors.
“Water policy in Colorado is often based on an either-or premise; adequate water is available for either agriculture or municipalities, but not for both. We want to break that paradigm,” said Lembke. “When developing SIEP, it was important that we partner with a company like Netafim that has the experience, knowledge and innovative technology needed to find a solution that provides support for the water needs of our growing municipalities and at the same time provides the state’s farmers with the technology needed to sustain crop yields with less resources.”
Slated for completion in June 2015, Netafim is partnering with Quality Well and Pump, a Netafim dealer in La Salle, Colorado, to complete the installation of the project’s subsurface drip irrigation system.
Additional information on the subsurface drip Irrigation project is available at http://siep-smartwater.com
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