Taller, Higher Soil Bed Design Can Help Save Farmers Thousands of Dollars (News Wise)

Taller, Higher Soil Bed Design Can Help Save Farmers Thousands of Dollars

From Florida to Virginia, farmers are enjoying the fruits of Sanjay Shukla’s labor. His compact-bed geometry system allows growers to plant crops in tall soil beds, and the result is thousands of dollars in annual savings.

New research by Shukla and his team shows that with savings of up to $102,000 per crop annually for a typical 250-acre farm from the compact-bed geometry, farmers can buy wireless soil-moisture meters to better manage water and crop, Shukla said.

“This benefit provides growers many options to invest the savings in other aspects of modernizing their farms,” said Shukla, a UF/IFAS professor of agricultural and biological engineering. “Those include automated irrigation.”

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