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Since we weren't able to host a traditional field day in 2020, a virtual field day highlighted ongoing research projects at the SPRF. Researchers provided overviews of research projects that are improving soil health, irrigation and nutrient management techniques to sustain profitable crop production and protect water quality. Watch the Irrigation & Nutrient Management Virtual Field Day:
Vasu Sharma's precision irrigation research here at the SPRF is featured in this MPR News article Minnesota farmers tap technology to conserve water in drought.
Vasudha Sharma, an irrigation specialist in the CFANS Department of Soil, Water and Climate, is studying the optimum rates to apply water and nitrogen to improve crop production and reduce nitrate leaching here at the SPRF. She is also evaluating different types of sensors, comparing low-cost varieties with newer electronic models that do a better job of measuring water in the soil.