NASA's SMAP Satellite Collects Soil Moisture Content Worldwide
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Farmer Newsletter Water is a fundamental issue in agriculture: the balancing of irrigation with rainwater, the proper or improper use, the right type of water, whether water will cause plants to grow or wash out and create floods. “Soil moisture is very important because it’s a leading indicator of future vegetation conditions,” says John Bolten, a hydrologist at NASA’s Goddard Space Center. The amount of moisture in the soil tells you about everything from how well plants will grow to whether a flood is likely, and is a vital part of climate and temperature measurements. And yet our global soil moisture data has in the past been spotty at best.

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