Application of Near-Real Time Monitoring Systems for Irrigated Agriculture

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U.S. Agency for International Development
Project Status: 
Start Date: 
3 February 2014
End Date: 
31 July 2015

Irrigated agriculture is a major user of water resources in the MENA region, often accounting for most of the water diverted and consumed. Monitoring crops and their environments is a powerful tool to improve on-farm irrigation management. Electronic sensors that measure soil water content, salinity, leaf water potential, and sap flow (transpiration) can assess water status and flow through the entire continuum of soil, plant, and atmosphere. When combined with data loggers and remote communication via cellular networks, they add a new dimension to on-farm irrigation management by enabling near-continuous and near-real-time remote monitoring that can substantially improve irrigation water use efficiency. In this project, researchers will test and demonstrate atmosphere, soil, and plant sensor systems in five countries in a variety of environments, production systems, and scales, in cooperation with the private sector and national research and outreach systems. 

Research Results and Progress Reports

Progress Report: April - July 2015

Posted: 1 November 2015 | Progress Report

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Progress Report: January - March 2015

Posted: 17 September 2015 | Progress Report

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Progress Report: October - December 2014

Posted: 26 January 2015 | Progress Report

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Progress Report: July - September 2014

Posted: 15 September 2014 | Progress Report

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