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Which grain size analysis method is right for you?

Learn the pros and cons of each method, and how to select which will be most effective for your application.
Measurement Insights18 min read
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Determining drought tolerance in plants: Why most people do it wrong. How to do it right.

Water potential is underutilized by plant researchers in abiotic stress studies even though it is the only way to assess true drought conditions when determining drought tolerance in plants. Learn what water potential is and how it can improve the quality of your plant study.
Measurement Insights9 min read
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Measuring soil suction—why filter paper isn't good enough

Still waiting a week for filter paper? Get the right answer in minutes.
Measurement Insights5 min read
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Data logger compatibility tables

Search the following tables to find out which data loggers are compatible with various types of METER sensors.
Measurement Insights7 min read
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We're scientists. The quest for knowledge is in our blood. We've spent decades learning the best way to measure pretty much everything, so you can access a wealth of information.

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Soil Moisture—6 Common Oversights That Might Be Killing Your Accuracy

Even one small oversight, such as poor installation, can compromise accuracy by up to +/-10%. How can you ensure your data represent what’s really happening at your site?
Expertise library5 min read
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HYPROP how-to videos

4 short videos teach you what you need to know to become a HYPROP wizard.
Expertise library20 min read
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5 Ways Site Soil Disturbance Impacts Your Data—And What To Do About It

Site disturbance matters—and there are ways to reduce its impact on soil moisture data. Find out what installation techniques and best practices can set you up for success.
Expertise library7 min read
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How to install soil moisture sensors—faster, better, and for higher accuracy

If you want accurate data, correct sensor installation should be your top priority. Poor installation can potentially cause accuracy loss of greater than 10%.
Expertise library15 min read
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Feed the world
Maximize yield. Minimize waste.

As water resource management grows more complex, the cost of water increases and humanity’s food consumption soars to an all-time high, optimizing crop yields through efficient irrigation is becoming crucial.
Case studies6 read time
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Wasatch Plateau
Only the strong survive.

Climate change models predict earlier snowmelt and rainstorms that will be less frequent and more intense. What does this mean for the Utah Wasatch Plateau?
Case studies5 read time
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Perfecting Turfgrass
A delicate balance.

Researchers are developing plants and management practices that help sports turf stand up to frequent use and perform well even during fall months.
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Fukushima reborn
Fight the invisible.

Near the Fukushima disaster site, scientists and citizens work tirelessly to clean radiation from affected farmland soils. Each weekend, they travel to a small village near Fukushima and labor to rehabilitate the land.
Case studies6 read time
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We want you to be wicked good at what you do. Discover an entire library of articles that teach the science behind the measurements, so you can sharpen your expertise.

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Growing Degree Day (GDD) models—The complete guide to better accuracy

Six short videos—everything you need to know about how to nail your GDD predictions.
Education guides45 min read
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Soil electrical conductivity: The complete guide to measurements

Irrigated land accounts for 40% of our food supply, and salts impact yields on about one-fifth of those acres.
Education guides35 min read
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The Complete Guide to Irrigation Management Using Soil Moisture

Education guides17 min read
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MASTER CLASS: Secrets of Water in Soil

Six short videos—everything you need to know about soil water content and soil water potential—and why you should measure them together.
Education guides150 min read
We're all about the science

Crush your experimental goals. Our webinars and podcasts feature scientists who understand the complexity of what you’re trying to accomplish and can help you succeed.

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Weather Data: Why Accuracy is More Complicated Than You Think

Don’t unwittingly compromise your weather data by underestimating all the factors that influence accuracy. Dr. Colin Campbell discusses what these factors are and how to plan for them.
Webinars45 min watch
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Soil Infiltration 101: What It Is. Why You Need It. How To Measure It.

World-renowned soil physicist, Dr. Gaylon S. Campbell, teaches the basics of soil infiltration and how to measure it correctly.
Webinars45 min watch
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Measuring Mars
How the TECP Probe Measured Soil Properties on the Phoenix Lander

Dr. Mike Hecht gives his perspective of the development of the TECP sensor for the Mars Phoenix Lander Mission.
Webinars45 min watch
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Water Management: 3 Tools You Might Be Missing

Dr. Colin Campbell explores the latest water management research and real world examples to answer the questions: Does water management work? What are challenges and best practices? And what should we do next?
Webinars45 min watch
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Episode 15: How Land Use Impacts Hydrology in Texas Shrink-Swell Clays

METER research scientist, Leo Rivera, discusses the ups and downs of his hydrology research in the shrink-swell clays of Texas, why the collapse of a video store got him interested in hydrology, how he got caught on camera by google maps, the interesting development story behind the SATURO infiltrometer, and more.
Podcast 31 minutes
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Episode 14: Why We Live Or Die By Soil Health

Dr. Cristine Morgan, one of the US’s premier soil scientists and Chief Scientific Officer at the Soil Health Institute shares her views on why soil health is so critical to our society.
Podcast 50 minutes
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Episode 13: Are floods and droughts really unpredictable?

Kevin Hyde, manager of the Montana Mesonet, discusses his views on predicting and mitigating the effects of flood and drought and how to build a robust weather network with high-quality data.
Podcast 50 minutes
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Episode 12: The day it snowed radiation on Iitate village

What really happened the day radiation snowed on Iitate village near Fukushima? Why were the ecological consequences even more far reaching than people realized?
Podcast 50 minutes
The 'Water in Foods' Show

Every year, food manufacturers spend billions of dollars to move water in and out of their products. Meet the food scientist on a mission to understand how that process could be improved.

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Episode 24: ITEGA (Institute of Packaging Technology and Food Engineering)

My guest is Dr. Anne Maltais, a senior scientist and researcher at the Institute of Packaging Technology and Food Engineering, located in Montreal, Canada. The Institute develops innovative and eco-responsible packaging solutions. Let's hear what Anne has to say on Water In Food.
Podcast29 minutes
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Episode 1: Why Moisture Balances Suck

Tune in to the very first episode of Water In Food. To kick the podcast off, Dr. Zachary Cartwright discusses Schlep Blindness with METER CEO Scott Campbell.
Podcast23 minutes
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Episode 2: Nailing Water Specs in All-Natural Dried Fruits

In this episode, Dr. Cartwright speaks with leaders at Sunrise Fresh, the number one seller of dried fruit on Amazon, about how they use water activity to overachieve.
Podcast25 minutes
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Episode 3: Moisture Is Money

Do the benefits of water activity determination extend to the pet food industry? Listen in as Dr. Cartwright talks it through with Rick Stoller of Simmons Food.
Podcast21 minutes