Assessing and Communicating the Technical and Economic Feasibility of Efficient Irrigation Technology
College of Agricultural Sciences
Agricultural and Resource Economics
Since 2015, scientists at Colorado State University have conducted collaborative, engaged research at the Subsurface Irrigation Efficiency Project (SIEP) farm to evaluate the feasibility of using limited irrigation practices to grow commercially important crops at a production scale. Experiments have been conducted to evaluate technologies and practices like subsurface drip irrigation, deficit irrigation, and mobile drip irrigation. The results of these experiments will help identify and implement of solutions to future water challenges by identifying best management practices and sharing the results of feasibility studies. Long-term, this project aims to help preserve a strong agricultural economy in the South Platte region of Colorado, while enabling voluntary water sharing among water users.
Goals, Scope and Objectives:
Interns with primary interests in soil, crop, or irrigation science will assist with data collection and analysis to evaluate the technical feasibility of the subsurface irrigation technology. Interns with primary interests in agricultural and resource will assist with data collection and analysis to evaluate the technical feasibility of the subsurface irrigation technology. The anticipated activities include assistance with field data collection, data collection, development of related Extension/outreach materials, and development and presentation of posters that describe results of the experiments and feasibility studies.
This internship will be based in Weld County, CO, but the individuals selected to fulfill the positions may be based in Fort Collins or another nearby Eastern Colorado location. Interns must be available to travel to the field site in Kersey, CO two to three days per week. A CSU vehicle will be available for travel to the field site from the CSU Fort Collins campus.