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Irrigation Practices

Irrigation Practices

This highlight briefly reviews three of the most common irrigation systems in  Oklahoma, discusses their history and advancements, and gives you the resources to maximize the return on your investment. [more] 

Oklahoma Irrigation Options (SUNUP, 7/11/15)
Extension irrigation specialist Saleh Taghvaeian explains why recent rains have replenished surface water for irrigation, but it will take more rainfall to recharge underground water supplies. [See more videos on this topic.]


Preparing for Oklahoma’s Future: Estimating Groundwater Recharge Rates (by Emily E. Horton, Communications Student Worker, 5/2/2017)

Twenty five percent of state’s agriculture production treading water (5/5/2016 news article by Sean Hubbard, Ag Comm. Services)

Streamside Aquifers Blur the Boundaries between Groundwater and Surface Water (by Joshua Cross, 3/2016)

OSU Professor Awarded USDA Grant to Improve Oklahoma Agricultural Water Management (by Joshua Cross, 3/2016)


Western Oklahoma Irrigation Water and Energy Audits are finding that many producers are losing hundreds of dollars due to inefficiencies. Most fixes are easy and pay for themselves in 1-2 years.
(Dr. Scott Frazier - Biosystems & Ag Engineering)

row crop spacing

The effects of irrigation amount and the distance between rows and subsurface drip tapes on corn and sorghum yield are being studied at the Oklahoma Panhandle Research and Extension Center.
(Dr. Saleh Taghvaeian - Biosystems & Ag Engineering, Dr. Jason Warren- Plant & Soil Sciences)

STW LCB irrigation

Agronomy Research Station:
- Lake Carl Blackwell irrigation
- Hay crop from drip irrigation
- Plant genetics in grasses


Center-pivot systems are being used on peanuts, cotton, and wheat at the Caddo Research Station near Ft. Cobb.


Irrigation studies are underway at the Southwest Agronomy Research Station near Tipton.


Wes Watkins Research and Extension Center in Lane:
- Organic focus
- Irrigating with pond water

The Basics of Irrigation Water with a Focus on Small-Scale Irrigation (December 2013 "Timely Topics" article by Brian C. Pugh)

Water requirements for peanut (July 2012 Plant & Soil Science Extension News article by Dr. Chad Godsey)

Water requirements for soybean (July 2012 Plant & Soil Science Extension News article by Dr. Chad Godsey)

Well Owners' Network News (August 2012 issue with articles of how water wells may be affected during and after drought and wildfires.



On average 50-70% of water use in Oklahoma is for lawn watering. Summer bills will be significantly lowered by efficient use of water. Estimate your water bill, daily water use, and most importantly, savings, at https://okepscor.github.io/watercalc. (Dr. Tracy Boyer, Agricultural Economics)

The Water Conservation and Irrigation Training Center serves homeowners, students, and industry professionals in advancing the understanding and adoption ow water-saving irrigation applications.

The Center is located at the Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University.


ThinkWater, a part of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, works to educate Oklahoma residents about water conservation, horticulture and smart irrigation in the home landscape.
(Justin Moss - Horticulture & Landscape Architecture)

Visit the Web site.


Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University:
- Collection of rain water for irrigation
- Garden pond maintenance
- Xeriscaping