With the help of C Spire, a Mississippi-based telecommunications and technology firm, Mississippi farmers and smart equipment manufacturers aim to use automated irrigation techniques to boost crop yields and save declining groundwater levels in the Mississippi Delta.

 Credit: Kat Lawrence/MSU Ag Communications

Credit: Kat Lawrence/MSU Ag Communications

While final results will not be available until the end of the growing season, the use of soil moisture sensors and monitoring software have provided promising preliminary results for corn, soybeans, and cotton. “Water usage already has been reduced by up to 53% for corn fields and from 50-65% for soybean plots.” Related research at UGA continues to show that sensor scheduling can increase yields by up to 30%, leaving us excited to hear about the final results of the Mississippi project!

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