Irrigation amounts can vary widely by year and crop. In 2004 there were period of moderate crop stress in late spring. Crops like corn that have critical growth periods during that time received higher than usual amounts of irrigation. Rainfall was well above normal in late summer.
High value species like recreational turf grass on golf courses and athletic fields, as well as plant nurseries and sod farms, require water during a longer periods of the year than row or vegetable crops.
Harrison, K. A. 2005. Irrigation Survey for Georgia. p. In. K. J. Hatcher (ed.) Proceedings of the 2005 Georgia Water Resources Conference. Univ. of Georgia Institute of Ecology, Athens, Ga.
Harrison, K. A. and A. W. Tyson. 2001. Irrigation survey for Georgia. p.421-424. In. K. J. Hatcher (ed.) Proceedings of the 2001 Georgia Water Resources Conference. Univ. of Georgia Institute of Ecology, Athens, Ga.
For more information on the survey and its interpretation contact:
Kerry A. Harrison
Senior Public Service Associate
Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department
The University of Georgia - Tifton Campus
P.O. Box 748
Tifton, GA 31793-0748
Voice: (229) 386-3442, Fax: (229) 386-3958
by James E. Hook, Jeffrey A. Hook, and Linsey Forlow.