Soil Moisture Monitoring: Low-Cost Tools and Methods

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Irrigators who monitor soil moisture levels in the field greatly increase their ability to conserve water and energy, optimize crop yields, and avoid soil erosion and water pollution. This publication explains how soils hold water and surveys some low-cost soil moisture monitoring tools and methods, including a new generation of sophisticated and user-friendly electronic devices.

Content:

  • How Soils Hold Water
  • What Soil Moisture Monitoring Method is Right for You?
  • Direct Inspection
  • Meters and Sensors
  • Tips on Placing Moisture Sensors
  • Other Tools and Techniques
Authors: 
Mike Morris
Publisher: 
ATTRA Publication
Year: 
2006