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Research Project: Precipitation and Irrigation Management to Optimize Profits from Crop Production

Location: Soil and Water Management Research

Title: Sensors for crop production and air quality impact from livestock production

item O`Shaughnessy, Susan

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/5/2021
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: N/A

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Climate variability, limited water resources and environmental impact are major issues affecting agricultural production. If farmers are informed of spatial and temporal variability in crop stress within their fields, it is possible that they could manage water and nutrients more efficiently. For farmers who use sensors, soil water sensors are the sensors of choice, however, the availability of electronic components, RF telemetry and miniature computing systems is enabling the development of affordable ground-based remote sensors. The first half of the presentation will provide examples of plant-based sensors and their integration with irrigation systems to illustrate how they provide meaningful decision support for irrigation scheduling. The second half of the presentation will provide insight into sensors used to quantify air quality impact from livestock production including open-path lasers and flux chambers for detecting methane and N20 emissions in beef cattle feedyards and crop production sites with land applied manure. The remaining time will allow for open discussion.