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Research Project: App Development for Water and Salinity Management of Arizona Farms

Location: Water Management and Conservation Research

Project Number: 2020-13660-008-13-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jun 1, 2020
End Date: Nov 30, 2020

Objective:
Develop a prototype smartphone app that uses weather and satellite remote sensing data to guide irrigation decision support for irrigated farms in Arizona. Users of the app will be individual farmers, irrigation advisors, and water management agencies. The app is intended to be an easy-to-use tool to guide irrigations within and between growing seasons to help optimize water use and minimize salinity concentrations in shallow soils. The tool is to be developed for Arizona farms, which means that the guidance it provides will provide Arizona-specific crop coefficients and is relevant for Arizona farm management.

Approach:
USDA, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) will provide the theoretical knowledge and algorithms to create the app. University of Arizona will develop software to implement the app. ARS and University team members will jointly collaborate in the development by conducting weekly meetings, assessing progress, implementing updates, and testing the app.