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Soil moisture sensors—Which installation method is best?

Soil moisture sensors—Which installation method is best?

Patterns of water replenishment and use give rise to large spatial variations in soil moisture over the depth of the soil profile. Accurate measurements of profile water content are thus the basis of any water budget study. When monitored accurately, profile measurements show the rates of water use, amounts of deep percolation, and amounts of water stored for plant use.

In this article, learn how to avoid soil moisture measurement errors and the pros and cons of the following installation methods:

  • Trench installation
  • Profile probes
  • Auger sidewall installation
  • Multiple hole installation
  • Single hole installation
  • Advantages of an installation tool

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