North Dakota State University: Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Dept.

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Our project titled the "Effect of Optimal Water Management for Sustainable and Profitable Crop Production and Improvement of Water Quality in Red River Valley" is funded through the Sustainable Agricultural Research & Education (SARE) grant.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Crop Yield Estimation

Graduate student Qiang Li is using a corn sheller to thresh corns.

After threshing, Qiang is measuring the corn weight and moisture for yield estimation.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Installation of Soil Moisture Sensors

The SDI-12 Hydra Probe II soil moisture sensors have been installed in Burkland Farms, Grand Forks County on November 9, 2015. The sensing system measures soil moisture, electrical conductivity and temperature at surface (0-5 inches) and below at seven depths (5, 15, 30, 45, 60, 75, 90 inches). The CR1000 datalogger of Campbell Scientific, Inc. with a 12V battery and a 20W solar panel reads signals and stores data.

Undergraduate Research Presentation at NDSU Explore

Anne Gatzke of our group is presenting her research at NDSU Explore, an annual event celebrating the scholarly accomplishments of NDSU undergraduate students on November 3, 2015. The tittle of her poster is "Impact of Various Mulches on Sweet Corn Germination, Plant Growth, and Yield".

Friday, July 24, 2015

Ditch Water Quality and Flow Survey

Dr. Xinhua Jia and her research group are doing the water quality and flow survey along the field ditch. The water quality parameters,  such as nitrate, phosphate, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, electrical conductivity, pH and temperature are measured and the water flow is estimated. Water samples are also collected for further lab analysis.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Measuring Surface Runoff in the Field

A Greyline Stingray portable level-velocity logger is used to measure the real-time water flow discharging from the culvert to the ditch. 
PhD. student Debjit Roy and freshman Connor Yaggie are launching the program of the water level logger. The Onset HOBO water level logger was set up next to the culvert on the field side.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Eddy Covariance System in the Field

Eddy covariance system is also set up along the soil moisture sensors in the same field. It provides data to estimate the evapotranspiration (ET). Dr. Xinhua Jia is showing ABEN freshman Connor Yaggie how to download the data from the Campbell Scientific CR3000 datalogger after installation of the system.

Measuring Soil Moisture in the Field

The Stevens Hydra Probe II soil moisture and salinity sensors are used to measure soil moisture, electrical conductivity and temperature at 7 depths below the surface, i.e., 5 cm, 15 cm, 30 cm, 45 cm, 60 cm, 75 cm and 90 cm. The soil moisture and other parameters are measured at two sites, on the tile and in-between tiles.

ABEN freshman Connor Yaggie is pushing the sensors into the soil and PhD. student Debjit Roy is taking soil samples along the sensors.

Campbell Scientific CR1000 datalogger is used to collect data. A 12V battery with a 10W solar panel provide power consumed by the datalogger and sensors.