Farmers are trying new water-saving tech in Utah's drought

Colton Russon can control the irrigation system with his phone.

The Tremonton farmer has installed a series of automated irrigation systems to water his organic corn and barley crops. Water sputters up and floods a section of field. Above the machine controlling the irrigation system is a small solar panel to give it electricity.

It’s a lot different than how his father-in-law has watered crops.

“I’ve been doing it for 60 years and changing water takes a long time,” said Richard Eakle. “Most nights, all night long. These boys now, they do it on their phone.”

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