Sunday, April 14, 2024

Taking the temperature of water-thirsty plants

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By Dennis O’Brien

Special to Poultry Times

BELTSVILLE, Md. — When crops get thirsty, they get hot. Scientists can use canopy temperatures to determine if crops are water stressed. An Agricultural Research Service engineer in Colorado has found a way to simplify this process for farmers. The goal is to manage irrigation water more effectively in an area where saving water has become a top priority.

A key to Kendall DeJonge’s research in Fort Collins is the use of infrared radiometric thermometers (IRT), affordable sensors that can determine the crop canopy. . .

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