Soil Moisture Monitoring: Low-Cost Tools and Methods

By: Mike Morris - Published August 2006
Updated January 2022 - by Mike Morris, Katherine Favor, and Omar Rodriguez


Monitoring soil moisture levels in the field is a fundamental skill that helps producers optimize crop yields, conserve water and energy, and avoid soil erosion and water pollution. This publication surveys low- to moderate-cost soil moisture monitoring tools and methods, including a new generation of sophisticated and user-friendly electronic devices.

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