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Selection and Use of Sensors for Cotton Irrigation Management in Humid Regions

April 2016

By Brian G. Leib, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Irrigation Specialist
Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science
The University of Tennessee

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Summary: Proper management of cotton irrigation is essential for obtaining optimal lint yields and for preserving limited water resources. This presentation will help consultants, county agents, growers, and other practitioners in the Southern U.S. cotton-producing states to understand how to use soil moisture sensors for managing irrigation in cotton production. Specifically in this presentation, practitioners will learn: how to select a sensor system, select the sensor site(s) in a field, position sensors in the soil profile and interpret sensor readings. By the end of this presentation, the practitioner should know more about how to employ soil moisture sensors to achieve optimal irrigated cotton yields with a minimum amount of water.

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