Irrigation amounts can vary widely by year and crop. In 2008 most of north Georgia was in the second year of an exceptional drought. Restrictions on certain types of irrigation reduced irrigation application depths or area irrigated in some cases, particularly for golf courses and athletic fields. At the same time late freezes brought about sprinkler application to blueberries, peaches, and apples for frost protection. Southwest and South Central Georgia faced a severe drought the spring that especially affected corn irrigation amounts. By summer, rains returned reducing the severity of the drought.
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.