Moisture sensors offer farmers a useful, inexpensive tool to gauge crop water needs, says Oklahoma State University Extension water resources specialist, Saleh Taghvaeian.
“Moisture sensors help farmers schedule irrigation,” Taghvaeian said at the recent Oklahoma Irrigation Conference in Fort Cobb.
Improving irrigation efficiency, he said, does not always mean maximizing yields. “But proper irrigation scheduling can reduce water waste and also assure that we apply adequate water to make yield goals. How much and when to apply are crucial decisions,” he said. Some soil moisture sensor packages include individual sensors, hand-held readers and technology to transfer data to a compact disk and a computer. “It’s easy to do,” Taghvaeian said.