Farmers turn to tech as key river in US West faces distress
By Editor - Tue Aug 13, 12:22 pm
A drone soared over a blazing hot cornfield in northeastern Colorado on a recent morning, snapping images with an infrared camera to help researchers decide how much water they would give the crops the next day. This U.S. Department of Agriculture station outside Greeley and other sites across the Southwest are experimenting with drones, specialized cameras and other technology to squeeze the most out of every drop of water in the Colorado River — a vital but beleaguered waterway that serves an estimated 40 million people. Cellphone apps collect data from agricultural weather stations and calculate how much water different crops are consuming.
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