At the event ‘Agri-Tech and ELMs – the Innovation Enablers’, Tim Blyth of Soil Moisture Sense, developers of crop water management systems, will be joined by farmers and developers discussing tech to assist with environmental land management, a major component of which is improving soil health to retain structure and moisture content.
Monitoring soil water moisture can give useful insights into the health of the soil.
“Cover crops and application of manure can both help increase the amount of organic matter in the soil, so continuous moisture monitoring over multiple seasons can show changes in water holding capacity and water infiltration,” Tim explains.
“We are specialists in soil moisture monitoring and work predominantly with growers (field grown and protected cropping) to help them improve their irrigation practices in order to optimise water use and improve yield/quality.”
“Understanding what is happening below the surface is critical to smart water management. We have developed a sophisticated monitoring system that can provide a detailed view of water infiltration, drainage and soil temperatures, as well as root development.”
Tim recommends that soil monitoring is combined with weather sensors to provide a complete picture of what is happening in the growing environment.
Tim is presenting at the event ‘Agri-Tech and ELMs – the Innovation Enablers’ on Tuesday 22nd March 2022.
The UK’s new “Environment and Land Management” (ELM) scheme will see a see a shift towards incentivising farmers to deliver “public goods” in exchange for public money. This event provides an opportunity to hear from farmers and advisors that have participated in early trials and also from the technologists and researchers that are developing techniques and tools to assist them.