New App Aims To Save Avocado Growers On Irrigation

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences faculty have developed a new free app for avocado growers that provides an irrigation schedule so users save an estimated 20% to 50% on the water they apply to their orchards.

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Smartirrigation Avocado generates a 15-day irrigation schedule using estimated amounts of the water lost from a plant and its surrounding soil. According to Kati Migliaccio, an associate professor in agricultural and biological engineering at UF’s Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead, the app combines information about the irrigation site with a crop coefficient as well as data from the Florida Automated Weather Network to tell growers how to most efficiently water their avocado trees.

The new app runs on iOS and Android platforms.