US: New scheduling tool helps growers fine-tune irrigation

University of Wisconsin-Madison research is yielding technologies that help farmers fine-tune irrigation to save water and the energy needed to pump it. An online tool called WISP 2012, developed by UW-Madison soil and water conservation specialists, makes it easier to make better decisions about when and how much to water. Growers enter key information— the type of crop, soil type and rainfall—from the field via smart phones or tablets. WISP 2012 uses that information, NRCS data on soil field capacity, and daily evapotranspiration rate to make a recommendation on when to irrigate.

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