To know how much irrigation to apply and when to apply is often based on historical information and feel or observation. Many farmers also use evaporation or crop ET from nearby weather stations. This information does help but it is not site specific and doesn’t take into account soil type and crop condition. The ultimate tool is a soil moisture probe.
The continual measurement of soil moisture under the crop is the best indicator of how much water is required and when to apply it. The Hornet soil moisture monitoring device is very simple, easy and affordable way to monitor soil moisture and assist in scheduling Water irrigation systems. Continuous monitoring of soil moisture will help maximize crop production whilst saving water, pumping and fertilizer costs.
The Hornet soil moisture monitoring unit comprises a probe and a logger.
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.
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The Hornet measures soil moisture, salinity and temperature at four depths down to 40cm. The probe is connected to the logger housed under the turf surface. With the Hornet you can monitor the impact of salty irrigation water and the movement of fertiliser through the soil profile. The Hornet also measures soil temperature which can be used to assist in the timing of herbicide and fertiliser applications.
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 wet and dry set points. Adjust your scheduling to keep the soil moisture level between the two lines and in the OPTIMUM zone, saving water and optimising crop growth.
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 to identify when to irrigate and how much to irrigate.
- Click and drag viewing of graphs with quick refresh times.
- Low website hosting costs.
Percent Soil moisture in the top 10cm of a tomato crop during the first two weeks of February 2013.The dark green area shows soil moisture levels above the full point. The white zone is where moisture levels need to be replenished. The pink zone represents plant stress.
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 doesn’t control you irrigation system. The Hornet doesn’t control you irrigation supplies system. Soil moisture sensors that control your irrigation systems are more complicated, expensive to install, can interfere with your irrigation system and are a crop risk if something goes wrong.
At KISS monitoring we believe that by interpreting the data and making decisions at the human level is critical for optimizing crop growth and minimizing risk of crop failure or reduced crop production.
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.
Hornet in a recently planted strawberry crop. The Hornet is re-loadable once the crop has been harvested. Installation at this sandy site was approx. 30 minutes.