Water stress can adversely impact crop yield and quality making adequate root zone soil water availability essential to any crop production operation. Irrigation has become an important tool of choice by growers for drought risk management. The recommended approach to root zone soil water management includes the use of soil moisture tracking in combination with monitoring. Irrigation scheduling and rainfall forecasts can project soil moisture conditions into the near future (1-3 days) while monitoring can be used to ground truth scheduler predictions.
Soil Science Extension
University of Wisconsin Madison