Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Installing soil probes while the sun shines...


This morning I joined the Agrii installation team as six Adcon Telemetry soil moisture sensors and rain gauges were installed throughout the SPot Farm crop.

The main message from the team was that installation is key. The input at this stage is crucial in ensuring accurate and reliable sensor readings, and therefore meaningful monitoring data which will feed in to decision support systems and modelling.

Careful augering allowed the crew to retain the soil structure around each probe to provide a reflection of the wider field condition. And avoid hitting the seed potatoes too!

Each soil moisture sensor will now be recording soil moisture and temperature within the row, to a depth of 60cm and at 10cm intervals. The data will be feeding through into GPRS transmitters and a main receiver on site before being pooled in to an online system.

With a wealth of data now being gleaned from the site, over the coming days we’ll explore the data dashboards being created online and see how this information can be used.

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