Soybean and Blueberry to Join SmartIrrigation App Series

The University of Florida and the University of Georgia have developed a series of SmartIrrigation apps that notify farmers via smartphone when their crops need water. The apps use detailed weather data to estimate how much water a crop needs. Apps are already available for cotton, citrus, strawberries, and vegetables. New apps to be released this year for both iOS and Android devices make recommendations for soybeans and blueberries, and a corn app is under development for 2020. Studies have shown that using the cotton app resulted in an average reduction of 44% in irrigation water use and an average yield gain of 13% over using other irrigation-scheduling methods.