VRT Irrigation and Soil Moisture Probes

Good irrigation water management will increase yields, improve crop quality, conserve water, save energy, decrease fertilizer requirements, and reduce non‐point source pollution.  Using soil moisture measurements is one of the best and simplest ways to get feedback to help make improved water management decisions.

  • Utilizing the electromagnetic sled data, MKC can create variable rate water prescriptions to better optimize our irrigation passes by simply speeding up or slowing down the pivot.
  • Many pivots today are capable of variable rate irrigation (VRI). Older pivots can be economically converted with minimal add-on equipment to be capable of VRI.
  • In addition to VRI, the Optimal Acre Program offers soil moisture probes, an important gauge which goes great with VRI. The data is sent via the web to your computer or mobile device allowing you to login and view an easy-to-read dashboard. No more wasted trips to the field to see if it rained! Utilizing the electromagnetic sled data, MKC can create variable rate water prescriptions to better optimize our irrigation passes by simply speeding up or slowing down the pivot.

Below are a couple examples of VRT irrigation and soil moisture probe maps.


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