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Introduction & guidelines

The objective of Irrigation Water Management (IWM) is to control the volume, frequency, and rate of water for efficient irrigation, and for the following purposes:

  • Promote desired crop response.
  • Optimize the use of available water supplies.
  • Improve water quality, by reducing irrigation sources of surface and ground water
  • Minimize irrigation induced soil erosion.
  • Improve soil environment for vegetative growth.
  • Manage salts in the root zone.
  • Improve air quality, by reducing movement of particulate matter.
  • Provide appropriate and safe fertigation and chemigation.
  • Reduce energy consumption.

The objective of an Irrigation Water Management Plan (IWMP) is to provide the producer a guide for the proper management and application of irrigation water resources. The potential benefits of IWM can be effectively determined by interviewing the producer to identify fields, soils, crops, climate, and available water supply; measuring the volumes of water withdrawn or applied; determining irrigation system uniformity, selecting a method to schedule irrigations, and then combining these components to produce an IWMP for the farm.

Practice Code 118 - Irrigation Water Management Plan Development Criteria

Practice Code 118 - Irrigation Water Management Plan Checklist