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Robert A. Peterson  

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Starr Produce, agriculture, Rio Grande, and irrigation  

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Nieves Mendiola  

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in Spanish; Hand-drawn ferry across the Rio Grande  

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Rio Grande condition and future  

NPR/NGS Radio Expeditions
Jul 1993

    Geography
  • United States
    Texas
    Starr County
    Locality
  • near Rio Grande City; Starr Produce
    Latitude/Longitude
  • 26.38056   -98.81833
    Habitats
  • Rural
  • River
    Recording TimeCode
  • :36 - 48:07
    Geography
  • United States
    Texas
    Hidalgo County
    Locality
  • Los Ebanos; Los Ebanos Ferry
    Latitude/Longitude
  • 26.23948   -98.56529
    Habitats
  • Rural
    Recording TimeCode
  • 56:55 - 1:11:08
    Geography
  • United States
    Texas
    Cameron County
    Locality
  • Brownsville; Sabal Palm Audubon Center
    Latitude/Longitude
  • 25.85083   -97.41722
    Habitats
  • Rural
    Recording TimeCode
  • 1:30:53 - 1:59:40
    Channels
  • Stereo
    Sampling Rate
  • 48kHz
    Bit Depth
  • 16-bit
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  • Stereo=1; Stereo

TEXAS-4

*****ABSOLUTE TIME***

BOB PETERSON

top...farming equipment ....digging setting out plastic.

pumping equipment.

Interview with Peterson

14:44 WHATS THE WTER QUALITY ..

Never had a big concern 800 parts per million . I was raise on raw river water.
Los Ebanos they drink right out of the river.

16:01 How has river changed. No problem drinking, more bacteria content. figure its' petty well cleaned up by time it gets here.

***16:50--19:00 Ag. Chemicals in river.

I feel the way we used chemical now, half life very much shorter, chem.
broken down by sunlight and we use such small amounts. it would be diluted by
so much it would be hard to find a trace of it.

Don't think river is so unhealthy...

20:51 How good is river at cleaning itself.

21:38 ... Increase price of water for irrigation.. Consumer pay it. ARe you willing to pay a higher price for your melon. I have to pass my cost on.

23:13 River will be severely stressed by 2010. 80% of US allocation goes to agriculture. land now being more utilized for homes. Water will be allocated back to municipality. They're very unreceptive to drip technologies ...things that make them
work more.

Ag. land converted to urban but water not converted by to urban use. Irrigation
district have so much water they're not being forced to save.

26:24 How get farmer to conserve Economics. is going to be the key. When they start taxing me I've got to pass it on

District have no incentive to change management style. just do what's been
done for 30 years.

29:04 Your example be inspiring down river... Seeing more and more valley farmer wanted to go to irrigation. 50-60 % bell pepper crop on drip. But districts have to be better about releases.

??30:32--30:30 Why drip irrigate if water is so cheap.

We're able to grow a much better quality fruit and consumer is willing to pay for it. We ask consumer for a dollar or two more and they are willing to pay.

Every years we're the first produces of mellons in us. so we have great advantage. i can get a two week jump

32:40 Econimics will drive farmers. We're competing with Imperial Valley. they've converted to drip. and closing our window of advantage. we now have to come in two week earlier, which drip and plastic allow us to do.

34:18 ARe RG valley proudcers behind on modernizing. No farmer wants to waste water.

**36:16 .. Expense of chemicals .. It is expensive to apply pesticides. 30-50 dollars per acre I cannot afford to apply for the sake of applying. I hire an entomologist., tells me what to use to control that's how s almost half
of what Mex set aside for all border region for env. cleanup.

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