In dryland cropping growers have to make critical decisions including when to plant and when to apply fertilisers. These decisions can have a large impact on crop yield and farm income.
Some certainty can now be placed on these decisions by measuring the moisture in the soil profile.
By using the Hornet continuous measurement of soil moisture may mean the difference between planting or not planting a crop or to plant early. Due to the differences in water holding capacity of different soils in could also mean planting early on your heavier soils and later on your lighter soils.
The continuous measurement of soil moisture and temperature during crop growth will also assist in the timing and amount of topdressing with nitrogen fertiliser. The Hornet can be used to identify soil conditions (moisture and temperature) that will optimise the timing and amount of fertiliser to apply.
These are just a few examples of where farmers can benefit from continuous soil moisture monitoring. The Hornet can also assist in identifying
- Soil zones that are inhibiting root growth such as pH, chemical toxicities, hard pans and waterlogging
- High levels of salinity
- The amount of moisture the crop is using at various levels down the profile
- The amount of effective rainfall that has fallen
As the saying goes “You cant manage what you don’t measure”. With the Hornet you will now be able to improve your management by the continuous monitoring of soil moisture and temperature.
The Hornet comprises a soil moisture probe and a compact water proof logger – about the size of a mobile phone! It is powered by a long life lithium ion battery and can be installed and activated in minutes. No more lengthy cables, mains power and costly installations.
The Hornet measures soil moisture, salinity and temperature at four depths down to 80cm. The probe is buried in the soil and connected to the logger next to it above the surface on a pole or star picket. With the Hornet you can monitor the movement of soil moisture down the profile. The Hornet also measures soil temperature and salinity which can be used to assist in the timing of herbicide and fertiliser applications and salt accumulation.
The logger stores data from the probe and sends it via the mobile phone network to a secure website. You can access the Hornet data via PC’S, smart phones and tablets anywhere with internet access.
Interpreting soil moisture levels on the website is simple, a graph compares your current moisture levels with the optimum for a particular soil type.
It is as simple as using the log-in on the home page to access your data. Once you’re in it is just a click of the mouse to view graphs, zoom, change dates etc.
Software features include:
- You can have unlimited secure client and user logins.
- Easy to use software that can be tailored to suit specific needs.
- Easy to use graphs that show soil moisture, salinity and temperature.
- Soil moisture specific features including set points
- Click and drag viewing of graphs with quick refresh times.
- Low website hosting costs.
Purchase a Hornet and you will receive the following support:
- Software set-up to suit your needs
- Phone support for the first week of operation.
- Quick response to problems if they occur.
The Hornet has many advantages:
|Easily relocatable||5 year warranty (probe only)|
|Web enabled, no software needed||Assessable remotely|
|Plug & play technology||Low running costs|
|Rugged, accurate, reliable& waterproof||Minimal maintenance|
|24/7 monitoring||Battery powered (> 2 years )|
|Measures salinity and temperature||Track fertiliser use|
With the development of the Hornet , soil moisture monitoring is now inexpensive, accurate, reliable and easy to use.
Instilling a Hornet in light soil after germination at Piawanning Western Australia 2012. On light soils an 80cm probe can be installed in less than an hour. The logger can be mounted on a start pick of pole.