The Hatcher Water Technology Farm is owned and operated by Nick Hatcher. The farm is located 6 miles north of Liberal off Highway 83.
The Water Technology Farm started with Nick's enrollment into a Water Conservation Area and the goal of maintaining production while increasing water use efficiency and reducing wheel track issues. The two fields that make up the farm have had field mapping completed to identify management zones and locate where soil moisture probes were to be installed. One pivot is the site of water application comparisons with different nozzle packages. Another field has plant-based sensors being used to manage plant stress. Aerial imagery is being collected to monitor the results and then evaluate the impacts of different water management strategies.
The Hatcher Technology Farm utilizes soil moisture probes, aerial imagery, center pivot controllers, iWob nozzles, Bubbler nozzles, MZB soils mapping completed on both fields.
The Hatcher Water Technology Farm is based on a three year Water Conservation Area (WCA), which adds flexibility to water use over the term of the WCA. The WCA includes a 10% reduction of water use and the ability to rollover any unused quantity to future years, creating a tool that can be used for multi-year water and cropping planning purposes. With water not needing to be used in a wet year able to be rolled over and used in a future dry year. Details on the Hatcher WCA can be found here.