Investigators: Troy Peters, Yasin Osroosh, Qin Zhang
This allows for site-specific and individual automatic control of various areas of an orchard. Various types of data is collected from each sub-plot within the block including soil moisture, air temperature, and canopy temperature. This data is reported back to a central control computer which analyzes the data, makes irrigation decisions, then automatically opens and closes irrigation control solenoid valves to optimally manage the irrigation for each sub-plot within the block. This setup is currently being used to test various irrigation automation algorithms.
Contact: Troy Peters (firstname.lastname@example.org, or 509-786-9247) if interested in adopting or transferring this technology