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Rethinking Water To Grow More Crop Per Drop

El Centro, California - All segments of society must contribute to meeting the water challenge and  agriculture will need to be a big part of the solution. Unpredictable weather  and the need for increased irrigation efficiency are causing many farmers to  rethink water, especially the amount they use.

Rather than discussing yields  solely in terms of bushels per acre, conversations are beginning to revolve  around bushels per inch of available water. Syngenta, a global seed and crop  protection company, believes using bushels per inch of available water as a  guide will help farmers to better measure their efforts to increase water  efficiency—and grow more crop per drop.

As an industry leader in water optimization—helping crops use water more  efficiently—Syngenta is helping farmers rethink water and grow more from less  by taking a whole-farm approach to improving water efficiency. Farmers can do  this with biotech advances, crop protection technologies and integrated crop  solutions that allow them to attain greater crop yields while using less  water. Advances in plant breeding, for example, are helping Syngenta  researchers identify and select genes that work to help plants use water more  efficiently and provide season-long defense against drought.

Because water optimization is more than one genetic trait, one  technology—or one company—industry partnerships will also be integral to  meeting the water challenge. Water+™ Intelligent Irrigation  Platform, an integrated solution for irrigated corn growers, combines  market-leading agronomic products, technologies and services from Syngenta  and Lindsay Corporation, a leading designer and manufacturer of innovative  irrigation systems. At 75 percent irrigation, Water+ Intelligent  Irrigation Platform out-yielded the standard grower program at 100 percent  irrigation.*

Experts believe that rising global dietary standards, along with  population growth, will require a doubling of global agriculture production  by 2050. This growth must be attained with sustainable management practices,  meaning water use efficiency must continue to improve. So agriculture needs  to make significant changes to the way food is grown—and must rethink water.