Irrigation water management involves using water strategically to grow crops. Measures to improve efficiency are taken to make the best use of available water. Conservation measures are taken to reduce the volume of water used, often leading to reduced yields.
Understanding irrigation methods and efficient water use is of increasing importance.
CoAgMET offers realtime evapotranspiration for irrigators to use for scheduling purposes. eRAMS is an additional website that offers custom modeling and simulations to assist with irrigation scheduling. As powerful as it is, it does have a corresponding learning curve.
CoAgMet stations in the Gunnison River Basin: Gunnison, Montrose, Olathe, Delta, CSU Mesa Rogers Experimental Station, Eckert,
The NRCS offers a comprehensive, 820 page National Engineering Handbook specific to irrigation. It can be found within NRCS’s header on irrigation.
The Colorado Ag Water Alliance is a great resource in general for the agriculture industry, and they also have specific information on irrigation management within some of their publications.