Marc van Iersel attended the annual meeting of the NC-1186 group. This group of faculty and students focuses on ‘WATER MANAGEMENT AND QUALITY FOR ORNAMENTAL CROP PRODUCTION AND HEALTH’. Following one day of group discussion of the latest research and outreach on this topic, the group organized a grower meeting titled ‘It’s all about water and increasing your bottom line’. Marc van Iersel gave a presentation on ‘Controlling irrigation using soil moisture sensors: How and why’ as part of this conference. I big thank you to Tom Fernandez from Michigan State University for organizing a great meeting!