Meaningful decision-making comes from improved measurement tools, management systems, and earnest motivations. As freshwater resources decline, turf managers and farmers need easy-to-adopt tools and systems to increase precision irrigation and become more water-use efficient.

The research featured in this webinar will focus on illuminating the motivations and barriers to adoption in farmers, and turf managers, as well as highlight significant findings from innovative systems.

Register for the SMART webinar to join IIC researchers and discuss the impact of their work for today’s irrigators.


Precision Irrigation on Golf Course Fairways Using Soil Moisture Sensor and Mapping Technologies: Conner Bolton, Texas A&M

This team developed the first nationwide survey for golf superintendents focused on their current use, motivation and barriers of precision irrigation tools. Conner Bolton will present on preliminary findings from this survey, as well as the results from comparing water consumption in Minnesota and Texas fairways using conventional and precision irrigation scheduling methods.

Identifying Critical Areas in California Orchards for Improving Irrigation Water Management through Precision Agriculture Technology: Dilruba Yeasmin, Fresno State University

Using multiyear satellite imagery, Yeasmin is putting together the changes observed over orchards from 18 counties in California to identify which orchards would benefit the most from precision irrigation technology. Concurrently she will share her insights from a survey given to California orchard farmers aiming to understand when and what motivated them to use precision technology.

Quantifying Irrigation Water Savings from Multiple Agrivoltaics Configurations: Jordan Macknick, National Energy Laboratory

“Agrivoltaics” is the term used to describe the integration of agriculture and solar panels in the same space. Creating multipurpose, multifaceted operations can diversify farmers revenue steam and create more resilient ag operations. This team is focused on characterizing the irrigation water requirements and potential irrigation savings in various agrivoltaic configurations.