Mississippi State University Extension Finds New Rice Production System Can Save Water
Mississippi State University Extension is finding variety is good when it comes to rice production. Alternating wet and dry production (AWD) is a new system that starts with an initial flooding of crops, letting the water drain below the surface, before refilling the field again with water.
Mississippi Extension has been testing this system and while there is no difference in yields, compared to traditional production, the benefit comes in conserving water. AWD uses 20 to 25 percent less water than traditional rice management which means more water, and money, is saved.
Farmers are already adopting this new method due to its water conservation and financial benefits – read about their personal experiences here.