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Scheduling Agricultural Irrigation Based on Soil Moisture Content: Interpreting and Using Sensor Data

BSE-339P Irrigation scheduling is the process of deciding when and how much irrigation to apply to a field to ensure sufficient water availability for plants and avoid excess costs and environmental impacts associated with excess watering. Monitoring soil moisture content can support irrigation scheduling by telling you how much water is present in your soil at any time. Irrigation should be applied when soil moisture levels drop below a certain threshold. The goal of this bulletin is to provide an overview on how to use soil moisture sensor data to support irrigation scheduling. By reading this document, irrigators and educators should gain a better understanding of how this information can be used to reduce irrigation costs while still improving yields.


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