Category Archives: Water

Summer Water Usage

Ag Biz News Column By: Chad Gulley County Extension Agent–Ag/NR Smith County Summer Water Usage for the Landscape Water is a limited resource in Texas and it becomes more limited as the population grows.  Water demand in Texas is projected to increase by 22 percent between 2010 and 2060.  As a result, protecting water resources and utilizing water-conservation practices will be essential to sustain the state’s water supply-and-demand balance. Watering the home lawn properly can improve grass quality yet still conserve water for future generations.  Many times, home… Read More →

Potential Evapotranspiration–A Water Management Tool

Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent—Ag/NR Smith County   Potential Evapotranspiration a Water Management Tool Water is essential for life.  All living things need water to survive.  In our lawns, landscapes, and farms, we can use the potential evapotranspiration to calculate the water requirements of our crops and plants.  What is Potential Evapotranspiration? Potential Evapotranspiration or PET represents the combined loss of water through:  1) the plant’s process of transpiration via its vascular system, and 2) evaporation of water from the earth’s surface.  Both are… Read More →

New Year’s Resolution

Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent—Ag/NR Smith County New Year’s Resolution Each January people start the year off by making New Year’s Resolutions.  Many resolutions are to lose weight, to start eating healthy or other health related topic.  All of these are great but how many times do we follow all these throughout the entire year. This year, maybe your New Year’s Resolution could be to start saving or conserving water for the future.  It will mean some adjustments in your lifestyle but it can… Read More →

Irrigation for Home Lawns

  Ag Biz News Column By: Chad Gulley County Extension Agent–Ag/NR Smith County Irrigation for the Home Lawn                 Water is a limited resource in Texas and it becomes more limited as the population grows.  Watering the home lawn properly can improve grass quality yet still conserve water for future generations.  Many times, home lawns are over-watered and over-watering can harm lawn quality more than under-watering. Several factors need to be considered when staring a home lawn water program.  Soil type, grass variety, management practices, and environmental conditions… Read More →

Water is a Precious Resource

Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent—Ag/NR Smith County Water is a Precious Resource                 Water is a precious yet limited resource.  We can do little things each day that can help conserve water for tomorrow.  By becoming more aware of our water use habits—both old and new—we can reduce water use (consumption), eliminate waste, and save energy and money. How much water do you use in a day? Do you use 25, 50 or even 100 or more gallons? Few people know how much they… Read More →