Which Soil Moisture Sensor Should You Choose?

Soil moisture sensors are used to measure the water content in soil. Various laboratory and field measurement approach including remote sensing are available to measure soil moisture content, but the fastest and best one is with the use of soil moisture sensor devices. The soil moisture sensor can reduce outdoor water use by up to 62% or more over traditional irrigation methods.

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Growing penetration of IoT enabled solutions for improved agriculture practices to boost the volume production


Smart irrigation utilizes remotely controlled water sprayed irrigation systems such as sprinklers, center pivots and driplines. In smart irrigation, the system for watering crops is operated on the basis of estimated moisture content in the soil, and then deciding upon either water restoring or reducing excess water level in the fields. Soil moisture sensorsfind their application in determining when, where, and how much water is required by the crop at a particular instance, which help the farmers in obtaining higher crop production. These sensors are easy to install and provides soil temperature and moisture, thus simplifying the vertical profiling of horticulture, irrigation and soil science. Subsequently, driving the growth for soil moisture sensor market in the coming years.

Increasing awareness towards sustainable development coupled with government regulations enforcing stringent water conservation practices 


Water is a restricted resource and with briskly expanding population, the demand for water is also set to increase. In most of the nation’s globally, crop irrigation in agricultural sector is the prime consumer of water. The government of various economies have laid down several norms and regulations to conserve water. Implementation of several government regulations and norms in various nations has led to the adoption of efficient irrigation techniques, which in turn drives the demand and adoption of soil moisture sensors to determine the need and quantity of water needed for the soil. Thus, the soil moisture sensor market is expected to provide numerous profitable opportunities for the market players in the coming years.

In farming, water plays a very critical role. The water resources and optimum usage of water is a key driving force in irrigation. Efficient irrigation watering not only helps in saving water but also reduces dependency on fertilizers and accomplish better plant yield and enhances the crop quality. Also, the soil moisture sensors assist farmers to decide on irrigation scheduling. Irrigation scheduling helps determine the correct frequency and duration of watering. Moreover, it helps reduce damages on-farm from leaking pipes or equipment. Soil moisture sensors thus help to conserve water by guiding the grower to apply right amount required for optimum crop growth throughout the growing season.

Some of the leading players identified across global Soil Moisture Sensor market are Sentek Pvt. Ltd., Irrometer Company, Inc., AquaCheck Pvt. Ltd, Delta - T Devices, Steven Water Monitoring System, Inc., The Toro Company, Acclima Inc., Decagon Devices, Campbell Scientific, Inc., and Imko Micromodultechnik

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