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					                      Texas Alliance for Water Conservation (TAWC)
                                                          Project Overview


Texas Alliance for Water Conservation




                    Water is Our Future

                Rick Kellison, Project Director




Texas Alliance for Water Conservation
                                      Senate Bill 1053

                                   Senator Robert Duncan
                               Texas Water Development Board
                                        $6.2 Million

                               Funded through the Texas Water
                                    Development Board

    Water is Our Future       An Integrated Approach to Water
                             Conservation for Agriculture in the
                                Texas Southern High Plains




        A Cooperative Venture
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                                                      Project Overview




                       Producer Board
 Eddie Teeter, Chair                         Glen Schur
    Lockney, TX                             Plainview, TX

Boyd Jackson, Co-Chair                       Mark Beedy
     Lockney, TX                            Floydada, TX

Brian Teeple, Secretary                    Jeff Don Terrell
     Floydada, TX                           Floydada, TX

     Keith Phillips                         Jody Foster
     Lockney, TX                            Lockney, TX

  John Paul Schacht
     Lockney, TX




                Objectives of Project
                             1. Reduce total water use

                             2. Enhance system
                                profitability

                             3. Identify systems that
                                meet objectives 1 & 2

                             4. Understand system
                                behavior
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      General Information Collected
• Crop Information                 • Fertilizer/Chemical
  –   Variety                         –    Date
  –   Planting date                   –    Type
  –   Emergence date                  –    Analysis
  –   Plant population                –    Rate
  –   Yield                           –    Method of application

• Irrigation & Rainfall            • Mechanical Operations
  – Date                              – Date
  – Amount                            – Type
  – Water use                         – Depth




      General Information Collected
  • Cow/calf                          • Forage Information
      –   Type of operation                –   Type
      –   Carrying capacity                –   Use
      –   Calving percentage               –   Quality
      –   Weaning weights                  –   Yield
  • Stocker                           • Economics
      – Carrying capacity                  – System profitability
      – Average daily gains                – Value of water
  • Soils                                  – Modeling systems
                                             behavior
      – Soil erosion
      – Soil fertility




                Crops (4,328 acres)



          Cotton                 Corn                    Grain Sorghum
       2,120 acres             370 acres                   221 acres




   Forage-Livestock       Forage Sorghum                     Other
      994 acres              119 acres                     504 acres
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            Irrigation Methods



          Dryland                        Flood




               Drip                   Pivot




Equipment and Site Instrumentation

• High Plains Underground Water
  Conservation District No. 1
  – Jim Conkwright, General Manager
  – Scott Orr, Division Director




              Site Monitoring
                                      • Data logger
                                      • Satellite telemetry
                                      • Rainfall tipping bucket
                                      • Temperature sensor
                                      • Water flow meter
                                      • System pressure
                                        sensor
                                      • Solar panel with
                                        backup battery
                                      • Neutron probe access
                                        tubes
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           Economic Analysis

• FARM Assistance Program
  – Dr. Steven Klose (TAES)
  – Mr. Jeff Pate (TAES)
  – Mr. Jay Yates (TAES)


• Farm Field Records
  – Dr. Eduardo Segarra (TTU)
  – Dr. Vernon Lansford (TTU)




 Plant Water Use and Efficiency

                        • Dr. Stephen Maas (TTU)

                        • Dr. Robert Lascano (TAES)




     Integrated Crop/Forage/Livestock
 Systems and Animal Production Evaluation

                                • Dr. Vivien G. Allen (TTU)
                                • Mr. Philip Brown (TTU)
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 Communications and Outreach

 • Dr. Matt Baker (TTU)
 • Dr. David Doerfert (TTU)
 • Dr. David Lawver (TTU)




Producer Assessment of Operation

                               • Dr. Calvin Trostle (TAES)




Soil Erosion/Watershed Management

                              • Natural Resource
                                Conservation Program
                                Advisor
                               – Monty Dollar (NRCS)
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   Policy Advisor/Consultant
• Tom Sell (TTU)




       Senior GIS Director

                      • Lucia Barbato (TTU)




                   Senator Robert Duncan
                    Texas State Senator
                         District 28




              Project Goals

            • Pump Less Water
            • Make more Money
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   Thank You!
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