Soil moisture measurements and calibration methods

Soil moisture measurements and calibration methods : Soil moisture sensors for agricultural practices

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Soil water content has an important role for agriculture and agricultural science. Most physical and chemical properties of soil vary with moisture content. Measurement of soil moisture is needed in every type of soil study and application of adequate and timely irrigation, depending upon the soil-moisture-plant environment, is essential in crop production. The need to improve irrigation practices is well known. Measured irrigation volumes varied as a result of changing spacing, canopy interference, overwintering structures, and inefficiencies in irrigation systems. Inefficient and excessive irrigation leads to increased runoff of water and nutrients. Best management practices have to be adopted to use water resources more sustainably. Methods are beneficial for growers concerned with reducing water use and controlling runoff. However, these irrigation practices are not based on plant water needs nor the soil moisture measurements are based on fully documentate traceable data and often information about calibration, resolution, accuracy and uncertainty are not provided. The author would like to thanks Peng Miao researcher at NPL, UK and Andrea Merlone researcher at INRiM, Italy
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Product details

  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 150 x 220 x 4mm | 125g
  • English
  • Aufl.
  • 3659843377
  • 9783659843372

About Francesca Sanna

Sanna, Francesca
Plant biotechnologist in the framework of the Metrology for Environmental Parameters project at the Italian National Research Council. PhD in metrology for agrometeorology and forecasting models for agro-food science technologies
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