Why Water Should Not be the Go-To Dust Control Solution
Controlling dust is a huge undertaking for most farmers. While at times it is necessary to use water, which is usually viewed as the simplest solution to control dust, the ideal method would be better for the environment while saving time and money. While water may seem like the go-to solution to controlling crop dust, here are three concerns that may lead you to consider alternative dust control methods.
When water is used as the sole method used for dust reduction, water waste is an obvious consequence. Most of the water used in dust control is not recycled, which adds to the waste. Some alternatives can help reduce water use up to 50% on a daily basis. If you’re interested in reducing your carbon footprint as a farmer, an alternative to water for dust control can help you do just that.
Depending on the area you live in, some parts of the United States have water restrictions that may prevent you from using as much water as you need to keep your crops healthy. With water restrictions, you may be forced to decide which crops you can and can’t afford to grow this year. In Texas, a state threatened with droughts in 2013, water conservation efforts have already begun for this year. Farmers in Colorado are also prepping for water restrictions that will be implemented this summer. Finding an alternative to water for dust control can help avoid the inconvenience of water restrictions and the ultimate concern of water shortages.
Applying water to fields in an effort to control dust not only requires a lot of water, it takes equipment, fuel and manual labor time as well. In most cases the amount of time and money you will save by using a dust control product instead of water will pay for itself in a very short period of time. Alternatives to water don’t need to be applied as frequently and therefore take less manpower. Additionally with a reduced application process your equipment doesn’t need to run as often, which saves on fuel costs.
Using dust control products, such as Soil2O, as an alternative to water may seem like expensive or unconventional option at first, however the benefits over time far outweigh the initial costs. When we use water as if it is an unlimited resource we risk increasing our likelihood of experiencing a water restrictions and shortages.