Murata Manufacturing: 3-in-1 Soil Sensors Help Maximize Crop Yield and Quality in Smart Agriculture
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The tip of the soil sensor contains a grid of 9 extra-sensitive electrodes that provide consistent measurements of the soil’s EC. Using unique algorithms, these electrodes help measure and compare the EC of pore water, which is the water in between the soil particles, to the volume of the soil’s natural nutrients and added fertilizers. These EC measurements are not affected by soil moisture content, thereby eliminating uncertainty in the soil and contributing to improving crop quality and yield by optimizing fertilizers.
Knowing the water content of the soil also enables the grower to irrigate the soil in an accurate and timely manner, saving water. As well as monitoring soil conditions, the robust and reliable sensor can monitor the water quality of rivers and lakes.
“We have conducted demonstration tests using our soil sensors on a variety of fields and crops to verify their effectiveness,” says
Protected to IP68 equivalent for dust and water, including rust proofing for use in harsh environments, these high-performing and energy-efficient soil sensors can run on three AA batteries for over half a year if the measurement interval is once every 30 minutes. The multi-interface sensors also support UART, RS232E, RS485, SDI-12, and RS485 MODBUS, making them compatible with existing crop management systems.
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