A new webcast to help cotton growers and consultants, county agents, and others improve irrigation practices by installing sensors to monitor real-time soil moisture has been added to the Focus on Cotton online series from the Plant Management Network and Cotton Incorporated.
For cotton growers looking to optimize lint yield and preserve limited water resources between rainfalls, differences in water-holding capacities across a field can significantly complicate irrigation strategies. The new webcast – titled “Selection and Use of Sensors for Cotton Irrigation Management in Humid Regions” – is presented by Brian G. Leib, associate professor at the University of Tennessee.
During the 33-minute talk, Leib provides information to help users select a sensor system appropriate for field configuration; identify field sensor sites based on soil composition; properly position sensors in the soil profile; gather and interpret sensor readings; and set volumetric water content thresholds.
This webcast is part of the Focus on Cotton series made available by the Plant Management Network and Cotton Incorporated. The Focus on Cotton series contains more than 35 webcasts on various aspects of cotton crop management, including agronomic practices, crop protection and ag engineering. The presentations are accessible online at any time.
The resource also features a newly improved Cotton Extension Search tool, where users can conveniently search for extension resources across all U.S. land-grant universities serving cotton producers.
Source – The Cotton Board