Practical Approaches Used in Neutron Meter Moisture Monitoring

by Robin D. Wells, Utah State Univ, Logan, UT, USA,
Richard G. Allen, Utah State Univ, Logan, UT, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Irrigation and Drainage

Abstract: This paper describes a practical, appropriate methodology for utilizing neutron meter soil moisture measurements to provide irrigation management information to farmers. A neutron meter was used to provide weekly updated soil moisture data which, when coupled with moisture depletion projections based on weather observations, was the basis for an irrigation scheduling effort. The monitoring service was applied to large irrigated areas with limited man power and equipment. Practical approaches to neutron probe access tube installation techniques, site calibration, field placement, data collection, and data delivery were developed and implemented during the program.

Subject Headings: Soil water | Irrigation | Data collection | Management methods | Information management | Calibration | Agriculture | Weather forecasting

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