Jul 21, 2023
“Pesticide trends in a tailwater recovery system in the Mississippi Delta” with Dr. Matt Moore, Supervisory Ecologist and Research Leader of the USDA-ARS Water Quality and Ecology Research Unit at the National Sedimentation Laboratory in Oxford, Mississippi
Farmers in Mississippi have a two-fold problem. Agriculture requires a lot of water, leading to a water quantity problem, and agricultural runoff can cause environmental issues, leading to a water quality problem. One potential solution? Tailwater recovery systems. These systems collect and recycle water from rain and runoff so it can be used for irrigation on farmer fields. When the water is re-used, however, it is important that excess pesticides don’t harm the watered crops. This episode, Dr. Matt Moore discusses his work studying potential pesticide contamination in tailwater recovery systems.
Tune in to learn:
· How tailwater recovery systems work
· What kinds of pesticides may be detected in tailwater recovery systems
· What, if any, harm pesticides found in tailwater recovery systems can cause
· Considerations for farmers who want to add a tailwater recovery system to their farm
If you would like more information about this topic, this episode’s paper is available here: https://doi.org/10.1002/agg2.20325
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