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Texas Tech researchers provide a new tool in farming

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Texas Tech researchers have found a way to help farmers cope and plan during the drought. An irrigation scheduling system combined with an economic tool is changing the way farmers work. It's a simple web site with a big impact.

The economic tool helps farmers decide what crop will be most profitable to them in the coming season. Input crop options and location and it connect to area weather data to cut costs ahead of time. The irrigation program, also connected to area weather data, just takes a small effort on the farmer's part. Fill in crop type, amount of water in the soil initially, and with just the click of a button, the program designates the amount of water needed to irrigate in order to conserve water and make the most profit.

"It's a hard year to conserve water; we have farmers who are just trying to make the best they can," Justin Weinheimer, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics with Texas Tech University, says. These programs are not the first of their kind, but they are the first to allow farmers to balance their crops on a field by field basis. Six months in, the web site is going strong.

Check out their web site at: www.depts.ttu.edu/ tawc or tawcsolutions.org.

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