Measuring soil moisture has a multitude of uses in both irrigated and un-irrigated agriculture.
In irrigated areas, our measurement systems allow you to see exactly how much water is in the soil... NOW:
> making it easy to schedule irrigation events when they are needed rather than when you "think it might need it"
> Make sure the expensive fertiliser you bought isn't washed past the active root zone by knowing how much water will "fit" in the soil when you water next
> This always results in a reduction in irrigation costs, and also an increase in production by simply "getting the water right"
In dryland agriculture measuring soil moisture helps with quite a number of the most important decisions being made for each cropping rotation:
> visually see the development and depth of the crops root system
> Assessing how much moisture is in the sub soil pre-seeding can affect decisions about what to plant and when if you know the size of the bucket available to the crop
> when and how much nitrogen to apply is a very important decision to make, ensuring the crop doesn't grow too big too quick and not have enough water left in the root zone to complete grain fill
> See exactly how deep rainfall penetrates the root zone
> Start to predict yield after a couple of seasons of measurements and fine tune the production system
The EnviroPro soil moisture, temperature and salinity Probe
We can use almost any soil moisture sensor or probe with our systems.
However, the EnviroPro probe is rapidly becoming a benchmark in the monitoring world. Its fully enclosed housing and service free build puts is at the top of the list for many applications.
It has a sensor every 10cm, giving you every bit of information about moisture and salinity in your soil and where it is in your root zone.
Did I mention the 5-year manufacturers warranty..?
This is why the EnviroPro sensor is used in our monitoring systems for many crop types
Crops serviced by these probes include:
> Fruit Trees
> Dry land Grain Crops
> And many others
Most soil moisture probes can be used with our monitoring systems.
Many people have old probes still in the field from many years ago, these can sometimes be resurrected and also be used.
SOIL MOISTURE TENSION
Tension sensors work in the same way as a plant root. The scale of measure here is a measure of stress, or how hard it is for the plant to access water in the soil.
For this reason tension based measurements of soil moisture are really required for crops that are not very tolerant of drying soils.
We utilise two types of tension sensors at present.
The Watermark sensor is suitable to measure moisture in crops that need wet soils
The Gypsum Block Heavy (GBHeavy) sensors are more suited to measuring moisture in crops that can tolerate a much drier soil, or where a known stress level is wanted for producing fruit quality e.g. grapevines
> Up to date current measurements
> Low disturbance field equipment
> As much help as you need to use the systems
> Monitoring data available on tablets, phones, actually any web device
LINK-SE is a portal that displays information in one central location
It will display your monitoring data in an easy to use format that suits your needs
You can display anything you like, even make your own calculations and we'll display them for you.
Crops often serviced by tension sensors include:
> rye grass
> And many others
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