Ripe on Time

UMD Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture professor, John Lea-Cox, is leading a team of researchers from 12 land-grant universities in developing ways to overcome the difficulties involved with farming strawberries. They have placed wireless sensor networks in three Maryland farms, which will collect data on weather conditions, soil moisture and temperature, and fertilizer concentration. Farmers can access the data in real time from their computers or smartphones. The goal of the project is to conserve resources, reduce costs, and improve sustainable production practices.

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