International Sugar Journal

Smarter irrigation scheduling in the sugarcane farming system using the Internet of Things* [Full subscriber]

Abstract         Better irrigation practices can lead to improved yields through less water stress and reduced water usage to deliver economic benefits for farmers.  More and more sugarcane growers are transitioning to automated irrigation in the Burdekin and other regions.  Automated irrigation systems can save farmers a significant amount of time by remotely turning on and off pumps and valves.  However, the system could be improved if it could be integrated with tools that factor in the weather, crop growing conditions, water deficit, and crop stress, to improve irrigation use efficiency.  IrrigWeb is a decision-support tool that is turned to as…

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