California: NASA is diverting some of its attention from space programmes and solar systems to help California farmers. NASA is in the planning stages of forming new programme that will provide weekly satellite images that show farmers which crops need water, and which don’t.
NASA, through a partnership with the California Department of Water Resources, Western Growers, the US Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, CSU-Monterey Bay, NASA Ames Research Center and others, will combine irrigation information with weather data, crop types and soil maps to estimate a farm’s needs.
The programme is still in its planning stages and there is currently no estimated cost to those who may want to use the satellite imagery. The project will attempt to personalise the information for individual farmers’ needs to prevent those loses caused by water issues. There is not set date on when the NASA program will be ready.