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Soil Moisture Monitoring: Low-Cost Tools and Methods

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By Mike Morris

Published: 2006

Updated: 2006



12 pages


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.

Table of Contents

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
Further References

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