Low-Cost Irrigation Sensor Diminishing Water Waste in Farming

Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering (BAE) Master’s Student, Brenden Kelley, has been working on an environmentally friendly way to water crops by creating low-cost irrigation sensors.

During his undergraduate studies at Michigan State University, Kelley studied water conservation with Assistant Professor Younsuk Dong and other students as a part of the BAE Irrigation Research Group. This research group works to provide tools and technology to help farmers maximize their yields while also reducing water consumption. The goal is to use minimal water while maintaining a proper environment for the crops to grow by measuring soil moisture and humidity levels through low-cost sensors to improve irrigation efficiency.

Kelley has been collecting data on this project for over two years and plans to present his findings to the American Society of Agriculture & Bio Engineering. To read more on this topic, click here.

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