Knowing the condition of your soil is considered to be a very important part in agriculture. You need to know the soil composition and what is a good
soil and a bad soil. That way you will be able to determine the real condition of your soil. And by doing that you can optimise the growing conditions of your
plants/crops and earn more.
Using a soil moisture meter can help you minimise the risk of under watering or over watering your plants. But before you can do that, you need to be familiar with
your soil by learning a few things about it.
- What is a soil? – Soil is typically a mixture of inorganic and organic particles.
a. inorganic – this soil is mineral based and comes from rocks that are broken down into tiny pieces over a long period of time.
b. organic – it contains carbon substances that come from dead animals, insects, microbes and plants.
- Soil Texture– it is how you can see and feel the soil. This is determined by the size and type of particles that make up the soil ( mostlyreferring to the inorganic materials).
- Soil Structure– it is the arrangement of the soil particles into larger pile of different sizes and shapes as well as the pore spaces that areleft between the soil. It is into these pore spaces that the root hairs will grow and will extract the water and oxygen from the soil.
a. good soil structure for plant growth – it has a stable aggregates between 0.5 and 2mm in diameter.
b. sandy soils – aggregate stability is often hard to maintain because of low organic matter.
c. clay soil – aggregate is so large, resulting to insufficient pore spaces that allow root hairs to grow between them.
- Soil Moisture – the amount of water in the soil which is usually described in percentage
- Soil Tension – refers to how hard the plant’s root has to work to extract water from the soil
- Soil Moisture Content in the Field – is a measure of suction, and the correct way to refer to it is minus or negative X kPa
a. Measurement Units- refers to the volume of water in a given volume of soil
b. Irrigation Scheduling- the artificial application of water to the land or soil Indeed having a good soil structure can contribute to the health of both the soil
and the plant, thus allows good water and air movement into the soil. Therefore, it is better for you to monitor the physical characteristics of the soil on a regular
basis and understand its soil condition to ensure that you are able to grow a healthy crop.
Once you already know your soil type and condition, you can now have a good harvest and you can also maximise your future profit!
If you are looking for the best firm that can provide you with a product that will meet both your budget and technological benefit, choose MEA!
They provide you with effective soil moisture meter, soil moisture probes and monitoring systems that you can use.
Should you wish to purchase top quality moisture meter, feel free to call MEA at (+61 8) 8332 9044 or log on to soil moisture meter.