Soil Moisture Monitoring

September 28, 2022

Soil moisture monitoring (SMM) devices can help your clients plan when to irrigate and how much water to apply.

The ‘rationing’ of water to plants that need it most based on factors such as soil moisture is often described as irrigation scheduling. In a country like Australia, which has had its fair share of droughts and water shortages, the ability to monitor soil moisture for appropriate irrigation scheduling is all the more critical.

Depending on your client’s needs, they will need to monitor the typical patterns of moisture absorption for a particular crop and then work with you to set relevant thresholds accordingly.

Sky Ledge can help you facilitate this using Places. A Place is a geofenced area and can be used to demarcate different regions of a farm. In this case, if we want to plant a crop of tomatoes in one area and cucumbers in another, we create two Places in Sky Ledge.

Each Asset (soil moisture sensor) can have its own rules and thresholds for soil moisture. The typical soil moisture sensor has approximately 1-2 acres of coverage. Thereby giving you specific insight into your soil moisture devices based on their location within a geographical area, or as we call it Place (image of different insights being generated for each place).

Soil moisture reaching amber levels in the strawberries Place
Insights from the soil moisture sensor in the raspberries Place

From here, you agree on thresholds with your client for each Place and apply them accordingly to the soil moisture monitoring devices within each Place. One place can have critical moisture levels at below 30%, the other at below 15%. These thresholds can trigger an alert to be sent out to clients, depending on the rules you have pre-defined for them in the platform.

Soil Moisture reaching critical levels
Healthy soil moisture levels post irrigation

And just like that, you've navigated a soil moisture crisis all from the comfort of your home or office!

If you want to set up your own demo and have it up and running in minutes, check out this easy to follow tutorial: Create your own Soil Moisture Monitoring solution in 3 CLI commands

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