Practical use of soil moisture sensors and their data for irrigation scheduling
Peters, R. Troy
Desta, Kefyalew G.
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Good irrigation water management will increase yields, improve crop quality, conserve water, save energy, decrease fertilizer requirements, and reduce non-point source pollution. Using soil moisture measurements is one of the best and simplest ways to get feedback to help make improved water management decisions. However, the installation, calibration, and interpretation of the data from these instruments is often overwhelming or not deemed valuable for most busy growers. Here's an attempt to provide practical recommendations for using these sensors.