UF releases irrigation apps for smartphones

10/21/2013 05:58:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

University of Florida irrigation appThe University of Florida has released three free smartphone apps to help manage irrigation for citrus, strawberries and urban turf grass.

They take available information and convert it into a user-friendly format that can be used to help conserve water, according to a news release.

They draw from data from the Florida Automated Weather Network and Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network and translate it into real-time information.

The developers began with those three crops because they already had strong research and knowledge in those areas.

The apps can be used with manual or time-based irrigation systems.

Users download the app and plug in their individual details, such as location, root depth and irrigation zones.

The apps use that data an site-specific weather data to create irrigation schedules.

The apps can be found at http://smartirrigationapps.org.

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