The Ellison Chair in International Floriculture is hosting the second of a three-part webinar series that focuses on water quality, conservation and management September 15 at 12 p.m. EDT. Dr. Peter Ling of Ohio State University is the next featured speaker, and he will address the topic: “Knowing Exactly When to Apply Irrigation Water.”
Ling will discuss three aspects of automated irrigation management to achieve high efficiency water usage: when to water, how much to water and how to deliver water. Starting with an overview of commercial sensors for irrigation management, Ling will also introduce emerging non-contact sensing technologies to determine when plants need water by monitoring plants directly.
Using this sensing technology, along with evapotranspiration models to determine irrigation quantity and proper delivery of water, his research team has achieved about 50 percent water savings in growing plants, using water as a biological growth regulator to improve plant quality.
To register for the webinar, go to http://EllisonChair.tamu.edu/Webinar.htm. The third webinar of the series will take place October 20, and Dr. Don Wilkerson of Texas A&M will host the webinar titled “Water Management That Makes Sense.”