Utah State University Extension
Irrigation is applied to much of the cropped area of Utah to support crop production. Limited water resources and competing demand for those resources make irrigation water conservation, irrigation water optimization, and efficient use of irrigation water important components of overall water resource management. It is well known in Utah that optimal irrigation use is even more critical during drought conditions. However, optimization practices change the quantity, quality, and timing of water flows. It is important to consider the possible hydrologic impact of irrigation practice changes and the desired outcome of an optimization practice to avoid implementing a practice that has little appreciable effect relative to the desired outcome.
Barker, B., Yost, M., Gale, J., & Nelson, M. (2023). Understanding irrigation water optimization [Fact sheet]. Utah State University.