Deficit Irrigation &
KBRT has been helping landowners convert to deficit irrigation or dryland cropping since 2002. In the past decade we’ve assisted landowners with 15,000 acres of converted dryland or reduced irrigation pasture, putting over 400,000 acre-feet of water instream.
By recovering native grass species or seeding with appropriate mixes of dryland hay, we are able to reduce the typical number of irrigation events from 10 to 2, resulting in substantial water savings and water quality improvements in the surrounding watershed. That’s water in-stream, and reduced pumping costs for the landowner, in some cases.
While landowners realize their reduced irrigation needs, they may also be eligible for financial compensation for the in-stream use of their surface irrigation water rights.