Researchers at Washington State University have created an online tool to help homeowners and farmers walk the fine line of saving water while maximizing crop yields.
The new irrigation scheduler combines information about soil, crop type and weather to calculate the optimal amount of water to use.
The system uses data from AgWeatherNet, WSU's network of almost 140 weather stations in Washington that collects data on local precipitation, temperature, humidity, sunshine and wind speed.
Troy Peters, a WSU Extension irrigation specialist, worked with AgWeatherNet director Gerrit Hoogenboom and AgWeatherNet web developer Sean Hill to create the system.
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The tool can calculate daily crop water use and cumulative water use, according to a news release.
To create a free account to use the irrigation scheduler go to weather.wsu.edu/is .
A free online demonstration of the system will be held 7 p.m. May 29. Those wishing to attend the webinar can go to breeze.wsu.edu/rain and log in as a guest. Participation is limited to the first 100 to log in.