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by Todd Perez
on July 31, 2014 at 10:21 AM
Does the university provide recommendations for a make and model of soil moisture sensor?
by Charles A Raguse
on August 9, 2014 at 9:44 AM
A valuable post. The operative word here is the adjective "productive" (one dictionary definition is "producing something abundantly and efficiently").  
 
In this post, as often happens, pictures reveal more than words.  
 
The two pastures shown are quite different. The top picture shows a pasture that is more productive, in part because it is both well irrigated and well utilized.  
 
The bottom picture shows a pasture that is quite un-productive, in part because it is poorly utilized.  
 
In both cases it is not known to what extent water runoff from an irrigation is a factor in assessing "productive utilization". Nor is the protocol used to manage stocking rates and grazing frequency and timing, all of which are critical in optimizing utilization and hence, influencing economic returns.  
 
Also, it would be helpful to know what kinds of data Larry Forero is collecting to assess "irrigation efficiency and timing". Is this information available?
 
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