We propose to develop a miniature and low power Soil Moisture Radar (SMR) designed to be mounted on either a land based farm tractor or a low flying airborne platform such as a drone. A GPS module will allow the system to construct soil moisture maps during normal daily farm operation. These maps will allow managers to view the field as a whole and to identify irrigation patterns that are not as easily recognized at ground level, reducing water use and allowing selective crop irrigation thereby reducing water consumption and increasing crop yield.
1. High-level project introduction and performance expectation
2. Block Diagram
3. Expected sustainability results, projected resource savings