The University of Georgia and University of Maryland would like your help by completing a survey to help us better understand current practices of the ornamental plant production industry, and to determine how the industry can take advantage of recent and anticipated advances in sensor-based irrigation networks.
These new irrigation systems have the potential to reduce costs and increase yields and product quality in the horticulture industry (up to $1/square foot), and at the same time reduce water, energy, and fertilizer use resulting in broad environmental and economic benefits.
The goal of this research is to use your answers, along with other growers across the country, to create baseline information about specific greenhouse, container nursery, and field nursery practices that will be used to evaluate the financial, economic, and environmental benefits of replacing existing irrigation systems with automated, wireless sensor-based irrigation networks.
We know your time is valuable and, although the survey requests a lot of information, we worked hard to minimize the amount of your time it will take to complete. This survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete depending on how your operation is set up.
All information you provide will be kept STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL, and only summary information about the industry and aggregated estimates of economic and environmental impacts will be presented. Your individual responses will not be shared with any state or federal regulatory agency, and will be protected, as required by Federal law, as part of the University of Maryland human subjects agreement that you will be asked to agree to before you begin the survey.
Access the survey here: https://www.research.net/s/ggia