“Best Paper” for Managing Water to Limit Nitrogen Leaching

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Dr. Lincoln Zotarelli and colleages recieved the 2013 Best Paper Award for their work,  “Irrigation Scheduling for Green Bell Peppers Using Capacitance Soil Moisture Sensors”.   The study examined the relationship between nitrogen retentinon and irrigation timing intervals, as determined by soil mositure sensor/controllers. The study showed that the sensors decreased water use, cut nitrogen leaching, and did not affect yields, making their application potentially of great beneift to growers and the environment.  The award will be presented at the World Environmental & Water Resources Congress 2013, May 19 – 23, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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