Report Archive

Status and Trends of Irrigated Agriculture in Texas

Irrigation is critical to our food production and food security and is a vital component of Texas’ productive agricultural economy. Texas ranks third in the United States in both agricultural acres irrigated and irrigation
water applied. Significant advances have been made in irrigation e... Read More

Agricultural Water Transfers in the Western United States

Irrigation for agricultural production represents the largest consumptive use of water in the western United States. Understanding the ways in which agricultural producers respond to physical and institutional water scarcity is therefore key to managing water risk. One of the important risk manag... Read More

Estimated Use of Water in the United States in 2015

Water use in the United States in 2015 was estimated to be about 322 billion gallons per day (Bgal/d), which was 9 percent less than in 2010. The 2015 estimates put total withdrawals at the lowest level since before 1970, following the same overall trend of decreasing total withdrawals observed f... Read More

Ground Water And Surface Water A Single Resource

As the Nation's concerns over water resources and the environment increase, the importance of considering ground water and surface water as a single resource has become increasingly evident. Issues related to water supply, water quality, and degradation of aquatic environments are reported on fre... Read More

Harvest Gains From Intercropping

This publication explains how home gardeners and small-scale farmers can increase their properties’ productivity by intercropping—growing two or more crops together on the same plot—using species that perform specific functions to benefit their companion crop. Also discussed are the results... Read More

California Agricultural Production and Irrigated Water Use

California ranks as the leading agricultural state in the United States in terms of farm-level sales. In 2012, California’s farm-level sales totaled nearly $45 billion and accounted for 11% of total U.S. agricultural sales. Five counties—Tulare, Kern, Fresno, Monterey, and Merced—rank among... Read More