Using Moisture Sensors Increases Farmer Income
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A Clemson University irrigation specialist conducting on-farms trials found that soil moisture sensors in fields can increase income for farmers. Installing soil moisture sensors in six South Carolina fields of cotton, peanut, or soybean irrigated by center pivots resulted in an average net income increase of nearly 20%. The farmers used an app to monitor soil moisture levels and followed guidelines on when to irrigate. The study will continue for two more years to see if the results hold true.