A team of West Virginia University researchers has received an $181,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to demonstrate precision agriculture’s effectiveness for protecting water quality in the Eastern Panhandle.
Funded by the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service’s Conservation Innovation Grant program, the project will use global mapping and other precision agriculture technology to improve ground and surface water quality in fields that have limestone.
Precision agriculture helps farmers select practices that provide the best financial and environmental results. Many farmers rely on tractors that selectively apply fertilizer or lime via sampling directions mapped earlier by the tractor’s global positioning system.
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