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STORY: Smart irrigation of Georgia crops, using smartphones

A new smartphone app can help Georgia farmers improve the efficiency of irrigation by more than 30 percent.

Estimates have shown a majority of Georgia farmers are not using science-based scheduling to irrigate economically important crops. Georgia scientists are trying to change the situation, and help farmers increase yields and ensure adequate water supplies. They are developing a suite of easy-to-use smartphone applications for scheduling irrigation of crops such as cotton, soybeans, tomatoes, cabbage, watermelon and blueberries.

The cotton app has been used by growers for several growing seasons, with other apps due to be released in 2018. The apps are free for download.

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