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Improve Irrigation Efficiency with New ‘Focus on Cotton’ Webinar Discussing Soil Moisture Sensors

May 19th, 2016

Memphis, TN -  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. 

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Contact: Phil Bogdan, Plant Management Network, 651-994-3859, pbogdan [at] scisoc [dot] org; or Stacey Gorman, The Cotton Board, 870-226-1445, sgorman [at] cottonboard [dot] org

About Plant Management Network:  All subscription-based information on the Plant Management Network website can be accessed for one low $40 annual subscription fee. Plant Management Network, www.plantmanagementnetwork.org, is a cooperative not-for-profit resource for the applied agricultural and horticultural sciences. Together with more than 80 partners, which include land-grant universities, scientific societies, and agribusiness, PMN publishes quality, applied, and science-based information for the practitioner. 

About the Cotton Board: The Cotton Research & Promotion Act established the Cotton Board as a quasi-governmental, non-profit entity to serve as the administrator of the Cotton Research & Promotion Program. Funded by America’s cotton producers and importers through the cotton check-off, the Program’s research

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