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The soil forecasting project requires research data

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The application will predict localized soil moisture content, temperature conditions

A research collaboration between the University of Illinois and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is exploring the development of a web-based application that will forecast local soil moisture content and temperature conditions up to 10 days ahead. (USDA NRCS Montana, Public Domain)

Urbana, IL — For farmers and agribusiness leaders, access to reliable and timely soil health data can guide critical soil management decisions that impact both short- and long-term production success.

A research collaboration between the University of Illinois and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is exploring the development of a web-based application that will forecast local soil moisture content and temperature conditions up to 10 days ahead.

The proposed tool combines daily soil temperature and soil moisture data in Illinois National water model and NOAA weather forecasts to provide updated 10-day soil condition forecasts for any location in Illinois with a resolution of up to 0.4 square miles – or approximately 250 grid acres.

Past programs designed to improve timely decision making for the agricultural industry include Degrees Cultivation Day Calculator and Pest degree days calculator. Based on collections of weather and climate data Illinois Water Authority‘s Water and atmospheric resources monitoring programthese two programs have been widely used by farmers, gardeners and other agricultural professionals during the growing season.

Before beginning development of the soil forecasting tool, the research team is seeking input from Illinois farmers and agricultural professionals to gauge interest and determine how the forecasting tool can improve their ability to make timely soil management decisions.

To enter, complete a short five-question survey at go.illinois.edu/SoilForecastToolsSurvey.

— University of Illinois Extension

https://www.morningagclips.com/soil-forecasting-project-seeks-survey-input/ The soil forecasting project requires research data

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