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10.31.2018

Engineers develop ‘bury-and-forget’ sensors, data networks for better soil, water quality

By Mike Krapfl, Iowa State University News Service

Iowa State’s Jonathan Claussen, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is leading a team of engineers developing a system of low-cost, “bury-and-forget” soil sensors connected to a remote, wireless, data-collection network. Data collected by the system will help the engineers build better models of the interactions of fertilizer, soil and crops. Those models could help farmers reduce their use of fertilizer, which can run off fields and contribute to harmful algae blooms.