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12-339  Project Manager: E. M. Barnes

EVALUATE SOIL MOISTURE WIRELESS SENSORS TO CHARACTERIZE ENVIRONMENTS IN WHICH VARIETY TRIALS ARE BEING CONDUCTED

Philip J. Bauer, USDA-ARS

This study was conducted as part of a large beltwide effort to evaluate the potential of using soil water sensors to improve the utility of official state cotton variety trials (see reports for 12-045IH and 12-338). The site at Florence, South Carolina, consisted of three varieties grown in replicated plots. All plots were equipped with soil water sensors that were installed and managed by PureSense, Inc.
In addition to soil water sensing, cotton yield and fiber properties were measured. High yields were achieved in the plots this year (average lint yield of 1,309 lb. lint per acre), but there was no difference among the three cultivars for seed cotton or lint yield. Although some fiber properties were statistically different among the varieties, these differences were generally small, which is to be expected when comparing competitive commercial cultivars. Further results from this study are reported with project 12-338.

 

Project Year: 2012
 

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