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SOIL MOISTURE MANAGEMENT

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Soil Profile Probe

600 - 800 mm

Installed along with a Data Logger. Automatically updates software every three hours. Probe readings are taken at 30-minute intervals.

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Data Logger

2G & 3G

Uses a cellular connection to keep probe readings up-to-date. Solar and battery options are available. These loggers are also traceable via GPS.

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Wireless RF

600 - 800 mm

Communicates via RF with a hand-held logger. This is an ideal solution for areas with poor cellular connectivity but requires manual downloading.

Software

Probeschedule

Probeschedule is web-based and accessible anywhere with internet access. The software displays probe and weather data, and it is used to calibrate the probe. Useful colour coding of soil moisture makes the software easy to understand.

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How many probes do you need? Here are some guidelines:

Soil uniformity

Blocks/areas that have uniform soils need fewer probes per hectare than those with diverse soil types.  Different soil types have various water-holding capacities, and their management will differ.

Crop

Different crop types, cultivars and age of crops have other water demands. Therefore, one probe to manage all the variables is not recommended.

Aspect & Slope

The aspect of orchids (direction of rows) affect water consumption. If there is a difference of aspect from one block to the next, more probes may be considered. Slope also affects water movement. We recommend that two probes be used on steep slopes, one to monitor the top and the other the bottom. This configuration prevents the top from running too dry and the bottom too wet.

Level of Management

High-value crops require a high management level. Your irrigation system determines the flexibility of control. Ultra-low-flow drip fertigation provides increased flexibility, enabling single blocks to be irrigated at a time. It is best to have moisture data from as many blocks as possible to make full use of the system’s flexibility. Pivots, on the other hand, provide less flexibility. It is unnecessary to have many probes in a system that can only irrigate at set cycle and standing times.

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