Landscape & Irrigation

October 2017

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INDUSTRY RESEARCH 20 October 2017 Landscape and Irrigation www.landscapeirrigation.com "When you work in a lab you have a control, which is one setup where you know the answer," said Fassman-Beck. "That's your standard that is definitively correct, and you measure everything else against it. When you work in the field, you have almost no control over anything. Having multiple setups that are the same allows us to repeat each experiment in the field. When you're doing it under field conditions, because it never rains the same way twice, having two systems that are exactly the same, being subject to the same rainfall, is how you address that. That's how you address validity, and create statistically valid experiments." To that end, all of the experiments in the Living Laboratory are duplicated in order to validate their results. That sort of setup is "really unusual," as Fassman-Beck acknowledges. "Most of the time when you're building a field setup, you don't have the money or the space or the resources to build two or three of the same thing; but we are doing that. We are building the Living Laboratory in a manner

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