Drilling Down Information in Oregon

Cove High School students witnessed the installation of an irrigation system.

Two thirds of the earth is covered by water. However, less than one percent is fresh water, usable by humans. This is why the allocation of water is one of the most important issues facing agriculture today. Something as simple as water for a farmer’s crops is complicated when issues such as who was there first, who needs it most and who is using it efficiently are considered. Agriculture students at Cove School in Oregon recently got an up-close look at this during a field trip to Rudd Farms, where owner Brett Rudd is drilling what may be the deepest irrigation well in the state. Students learned about the history of water usage in the region, soil type impact and potential yield increases from the new irrigation system.