Irrigation Scheduling Using Voice Synthesis, the Next Logical Step

by Robin D. Wells, Utah State Univ, Logan, UT, USA,
Richard G. Allen, Utah State Univ, Logan, UT, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Planning Now for Irrigation and Drainage in the 21st Century


An irrigation management program sponsored by the Raft River Electric Cooperative in Malta, Idaho, provided directly measured soil moisture data to selected irrigators each week during the 1987 irrigation season. Weekly soil moisture measurements were supplemented with daily updated estimates of remaining soil moisture using computed evapotranspiration and measured local weather data. A computerized voice synthesizer connected to a telephone allowed irrigators without computers to access computer files using touch-tone telephones and to obtain specific information about their daily up-dated soil moisture levels. Telephone delivery of the irrigation management information was available to the irrigators 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

Subject Headings: Irrigation | Soil water | Computing in civil engineering | Information management | Weather forecasting | Hydrologic data | Evapotranspiration | Malta | Europe | Idaho | United States

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