Written by Andrielle Figueroa Friday, 14 June 2013 07:00
MISSION—Since the early 1900s, farmers have always had an abundance of cheap water, according to Rod Santa Ana, communication specialist for the Texas A&M Agrilife Research and Extension Center at Weslaco. Since that time, flood irrigation has always been commonplace, but at the same time very wasteful, he said.
In times of drought, water shortages present problems for farmers and their crops. Texas A&M Agrilife has worked with farmers for years, providing research and better methods for delivering life-giving water to sun-baked fields in South Texas.
Texas A&M Agrilife Research and Texas A&M Agrilife Extension are both housed in Weslaco but handle two separate jobs. While research studies agriculture, extension disseminates that research information to the public.
With the current drought conditions in the Rio Grande Valley, not only are residents in municipalities affected, but farmers and their crops are threatened as well. Santa Ana said this year farmers would see the smallest crop of cotton in years.