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.
A new Focus on Cotton webcast titled “Selection and Use of Sensors for Cotton Irrigation Management in Humid Regions” helps cotton consultants, county agents, growers, and other practitioners improve irrigation practices by installing sensors to monitor real-time soil moisture.
This 33-minute talk by Brian G. Leib, Associate Professor at The University of Tennessee, provides information that helps 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
- Set volumetric water content thresholds
This presentation is available at no charge, courtesy of Cotton Incorporated, through the ‘Focus on Cotton’ webcast resource located at the Plant Management Network, http://www.plantmanagementnetwork.org/foco.
‘Focus on Cotton’ contains over 35 webcasts on various aspects of cotton crop management. These talks–freely accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week–cover agronomic practices, crop protection, and ag engineering. This resource also features a new and improved Cotton Extension Search tool, where users can conveniently search for extension resources across all U.S. land-grant universities serving cotton producers.