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dc.contributor.authorKinzli, Kristoph-Dietrich
dc.contributor.authorManana, Nkosinathi
dc.contributor.authorOad, Ramchand
dc.date.accessioned2020-07-31T13:25:46Z
dc.date.available2020-07-31T13:25:46Z
dc.date.issued2012-04
dc.descriptionPresented at Irrigated agriculture responds to water use challenges - strategies for success: USCID water management conference held on April 3-6, 2012 in Austin, Texas.
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.
dc.description.abstractThroughout the American West irrigated agriculture has been targeted to increase water use efficiency. Soil moisture sensors offer a method to achieve efficiency improvements but have found limited use due primarily to high cost and lack of soil specific calibration equations. In this paper we examine the ECH2O EC-20 soil moisture sensor, a low cost capacitance sensor and develop a unique laboratory calibration method. Field and laboratory calibration equations were developed for 6 soil types in the Middle Rio Grande Valley. The average absolute error in volumetric water content for field calibration was 0.43 m³/m³, and 0.012 m³/m³ for the laboratory calibration. The factory calibration equation for the EC-20 was also evaluated and found to yield an average absolute error of 0.049 m³/m³. We found that the EC-20 is a reliable, cost effective, and accurate sensor, and recommend that the laboratory calibration method presented here be used to obtain maximum accuracy. We also recommend that the field calibration of the EC-20 soil moisture sensor be foregone, as this type of calibration exhibits large error rates. Additionally, it was found that the field calibration method was time consuming, covered a small range of moisture content values and was destructive to the area around installed sensors, which could lead to measurement errors.
dc.format.mediumborn digital
dc.format.mediumproceedings (reports)
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10217/210990
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherColorado State University. Libraries
dc.publisher.originalU.S. Committee on Irrigation and Drainage
dc.relation.ispartofAg Water Conservation Policy
dc.relation.ispartofIrrigated agriculture responds to water use challenges - strategies for success, Austin, Texas, April 3-6, 2012
dc.sourceContained in: Irrigated agriculture responds to water use challenges - strategies for success, Austin, Texas, April 3-6, 2012, http://hdl.handle.net/10217/79326
dc.titleComparison of laboratory and field calibration of the ECH2O EC-20 soil moisture probe for soils in the Middle Rio Grande Valley, A
dc.title.alternativeIrrigated agriculture responds to water use challenges
dc.title.alternativeSoil moisture probe
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