Title

Remote Environmental Monitoring System for Sustainable Water Management of Hay Production in Washington State

Presenter Information

Jen McClure

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom C/D

Start Date

15-5-2014

End Date

15-5-2014

Keywords

Agricultural Chemistry, Programming, Irrigation

Abstract

Washington farmers are faced with pressing concern of water management. Washington State depends on high economic value crop exports, such as timothy and alfalfa hay. As the snowpack declines in the cascades, Yakima River Basin farmers must efficiently irrigate their fields using very little water. Washington hay fields use surface and sprinkler irrigation.. Studies have shown that sprinkler irrigation uses less water compared to surface irrigation. No study has been performed evaluating the specific quantity of the water and the quality of the water flowing to and from the hayfield. The research proposed is designed to test irrigation water Kittitas County. Specifically, this portion of the project will incorporate a microprocessor interfacing with several sensors to analyze quality of irrigation water so that timothy and alfalfa farmers in Washington State can make informed decisions about water management plan to maximize the quality and quantity of hay product.

Poster Number

12

Faculty Mentor(s)

Sorey, Timothy

Additional Mentoring Department

Chemistry

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Remote Environmental Monitoring System for Sustainable Water Management of Hay Production in Washington State

SURC Ballroom C/D

Washington farmers are faced with pressing concern of water management. Washington State depends on high economic value crop exports, such as timothy and alfalfa hay. As the snowpack declines in the cascades, Yakima River Basin farmers must efficiently irrigate their fields using very little water. Washington hay fields use surface and sprinkler irrigation.. Studies have shown that sprinkler irrigation uses less water compared to surface irrigation. No study has been performed evaluating the specific quantity of the water and the quality of the water flowing to and from the hayfield. The research proposed is designed to test irrigation water Kittitas County. Specifically, this portion of the project will incorporate a microprocessor interfacing with several sensors to analyze quality of irrigation water so that timothy and alfalfa farmers in Washington State can make informed decisions about water management plan to maximize the quality and quantity of hay product.