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Soil forecasting project asks for farmers, ag professionals input for app development

Making important soil management decisions hinges on having access to reliable and timely soil condition data. The University of Illinois and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are teaming up to explore the development of a web-based application that would forecast localized soil moisture content and temperature conditions up to 10 days in advance.  

The tool would aggregate daily Illinois soil temperature and soil moisture data with the National Water Model and NOAA weather forecasts to deliver updated, 10-day soil condition forecasts for any location in Illinois, down to a resolution of 0.4 square mile – or about 250-acre grids.  Before development of the soil forecasting tool begins, the research group wants input from Illinois farmers and ag professionals, so it can evaluate interest and determine how the tool could improve their ability to make timely soil management decisions.

Applications developed in the past include the Growing Degree Day Calculator and Pest Degree Day Calculator. Based on weather and climate data collections through Illinois State Water Survey’s Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring Program, these two apps have been extensively used throughout the growing season by farmers, horticulturalists, and other agriculture professionals. 

To complete the five-question survey for the proposed soil forecasting tool, visit go.illinois.edu/SoilForecastToolsSurvey.

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