Water Resources Research Act Program

Details for Project ID 2013CA308B

Online Irrigation and Nitrogen Management Tool for Vegetables

Institute: California
Year Established: 2013 Start Date: 2013-03-01 End Date: 2014-02-28
Total Federal Funds: $10,351 Total Non-Federal Funds: $2,432

Principal Investigators: Michael Cahn

Abstract: The main objective of this project is to increase the capacity of CropManage (CM), an online resource that uses weather, soil, and crop data to assist growers in using water and nitrogen fertilizer efficiently for producing cool season vegetables. Specifically, we will expand CM to include additional vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower, thereby providing a tool to growers that comprehensively addresses the cool season vegetable production system. We will also interface CM with the UC Davis SoilWeb so that growers can easily import soil data into their ranch data base. Finally, we will automate the capability to import and display soil moisture data from sensors in the field. Potentially this project would increase efficient use of water and nitrogen fertilizer, increase grower compliance with water quality regulations, and enhance safety of drinking water supplies.