Engineers: Smart irrigation controllers not so smart

Burns, Robert
November 2009
Southwest Farm Press;11/19/2009, Vol. 36 Issue 22, p20
Trade Publication
The article reports on the testing of smart irrigation controllers done by Texas AgriLife Extension Service irrigation experts Charles Swanson and Guy Fipps in August 2009 - September 2009. The study found out that the controllers applied 1/3 - 2 1/2 more water than recommended. The controllers uses weather data to adjust the amount of water applied, sensors, and solar radiations, among others. Swanson and Fipps cite that the controllers are still better than manually controlled systems.


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