Installing sensors at specific locations and depths in your field allow you to schedule irrigation events based on actual soil saturation rather than being limited to your best judgment. These tools will take the guesswork out of deciding when to water. See the links below for more information on using soil sensors on your farm.
Irrigation of field crops traditionally was centralized in arid regions of the United States. Over time, the benefits of irrigation over dryland production systems in humid regions were realized and resulted in a 534 percent increase in irrigated acreage in Louisiana alone since 1959. Acreage of crops that require irrigation to stabilize … Read full… Read more
It is often said here in the Mid-South that we are always 10 days from a drought! However, with the widespread and abundant rainfall received thus far in Mississippi, irrigation is not really a primary concern until we rebound to more typical summertime weather. With irrigation season ramping up, Mississippi State University Extension Service has… Read more
As a lot of our March-planted corn progresses through late vegetative stages nearing tassel, most of the Mississippi corn crop has not generally received any supplemental irrigation. This is a bit uncharacteristic, but certainly no cause for alarm. In fact, moderate or sporadic rainfall and negligible soil saturation during corn vegetative stages relative to normal… Read more
Throw them away! As we begin to prepare for the up coming irrigation season here are some things to consider. Watermark soil moisture sensors are probably the most widely used sensor here in the Delta. We are now into the fifth or six year utilizing this technology to trigger irrigation scheduling. Watermark sensors have a… Read more
Utilizing moisture sensors to trigger an irrigation event is one method to increase irrigation efficiency. Using the “calendar” or the “neighbor” method of determining when to trigger an irrigation event is not the most efficient method. Soil moisture sensors are one tool that we can utilize to better assess soil moisture in the soil profile… Read more
There are many reasons why growers initiate early season irrigation. Activation and incorporation of dry fertilizers and herbicides have been one motivating factor this year. This year, it appears, growers are getting more familiar with utilizing soil moisture sensors as a management tool to trigger irrigation. Soil moisture sensors play an important role in allowing… Read more