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Problem solving using Soil Water Profile Measurements

Sentek’s soil moisture probes are widely used to manage soil moisture and fertilizer applications in irrigated potato crops. Irrigation and fertigation schedules are based on the information provided by probes on root growth; water content at various depths; fertilizer penetration and use; and irrigation water infiltration and usage rates.  Management benefits from data include yield […]


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Research Papers

Most research studies where soil or growing media is part of the study benefit from the insights gained from the dynamics of water movement and use in the soil.


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Precision irrigation delivers quality Onion crop

Placing two probes near the emitter, Sentek and Seminis agronomists could monitor moisture levels through the profile. The insights supported confident decision making, with the water applied keeping levels within the optimal range of moisture for plant growth. Heading in to harvest, the soil profile was gradually dried out, ensuring quality and reducing the risk of fungal disease.


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From Premium to Ultra-Premium Winegrapes

Wirra Wirra use Sentek technologies in their Shiraz vineyards to manage irrigation scheduling at the critical stages of grape development.
The insights from EnviroSCAN soil moisture probes, viewed in IrriMAX software, enable the viticulture team to confidently manage irrigations rates to achieve the flavour profile needed for premium wines.


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Pulse irrigation in Almonds

Using multiple Sentek probes to measure soil moisture changes and results when using the pulse irrigation method to try and push water laterally, to increase the volume of soil that is irrigated.


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Improved Turf Irrigation Strategies From 2D Insights

Two Drill & Drop™ probes were installed into separate areas of the Central Lawn at the Adelaide Zoo: one in a high pedestrian traffic area and one in an adjacent more sheltered region. Volumetric Soil Water Content (VWC) readings were collected continuously at 30 minute intervals for a period of 6 months. Comparisons were made of the data to determine the effects of pedestrian compaction and any observable soil textural differences.


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2-D Moisture, Salinity and Temperature

Contouring of Blueberry plants grown in potted coco fibre growth media. World first attempt on a Blueberry Farm in Chile in October 2016. This field study involved blueberries grown in pots with coco fibre. 4 drippers per pot and 2 Drill & Drop probes were installed allowing the agronomist to measure soil moisture, salinity and temperature trends.


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2D tools provide advanced analysis

Using the Sentek agronomic toolkit, Alejandro Dieste from CDTEC was able to undertake a more complex analysis of a Blueberry plants – by looking at the Soil Moisture, Temperature, and Salinity both vertically and laterally.


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Insights vs Instincts: Making The Right Irrigation Decisions

Joe Cook, a lucerne grower based in Keith, South Australia talks about his irrigation management, which involves combining Sentek probe data with the guidance of his skillful Sentek distributor Alpha Group Consulting. Joe explains the challenges he faces and how this management style has helped with changing his irrigation strategy throughout one season due to the different stages observed in lucerne.


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Dryland use of soil moisture sensors

Robin Schaefer from Bulla Burra discussing the use of soil moisture and salinity monitoring in dryland agriculture.
Bulla Burra is a collaborative farming enterprise located in the Northern Mallee region of South Australia.


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70% irrigation savings in walnuts using EnviroSCAN

Noceto used Sentek’s continuous soil moisture monitoring to reduce the number of required irrigations by 70%. As a result, they greatly improved the quality of the walnuts, reduced the amount of shrivelling and increased the total production.


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Managing the sustainable use of treated CSG water on crops

EnviroSCAN probes were used to support precision management of irrigation systems applying treated CSG water on native tree crops


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Monitoring soil moisture in broadacre cropping

Monitoring of the water content with EnviroSCAN Plus probes within the soil profile is helping cereals farmers to make better informed decisions regarding the timing of nitrogen applications.


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Banana Farmer uses EnviroSCAN to improve Drip Irrigation Management

Mark Reppel embraces soil-moisture monitoring for crop quality and substantially increases yield. Sentek’s continuous soil-moisture monitoring solution, EnviroSCAN®, allowed Mark to increase yields by 50% and improve the overall quality of the fruit.


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