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Military Technology Aids Jersey Water Quality Management

ST HELIER

Technology developed for weather forecasting and the military could improve the Island’s water quality by reducing the amount of chemicals applied to fields, a farmer has said. Since 2010 nitrate levels in groundwater, streams, reservoirs and bays have fallen by a third but Mike Renouard, technical director of the the Jersey Royal Company, says more work needs to be done. And that means adapting ground-sensing technology and satellite imagery to produce a digital map of agricultural fields that details – to a square metre – precisely what inputs are needed to grow crops.

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