Want more information on soil moisture sensors as an irrigation timing tool? On June 25, the Mississippi State University Extension Service and the Mississippi Soybean Promotion Board will host a field day covering sensors and their use.
The event will be held at the Delta Branch Experiment Station in Stoneville. All farmers are invited to attend the event, which will begin at 9 a.m. in the Capps Center.
Farmers can expect to see an in-field examination of several soil moisture sensors currently sold in the Delta. Jason Krutz, MSU Extension Irrigation Specialist, will also explain procedures required to install a moisture sensor, the type of data sensors capture and how to use that data when irrigating.
“We are hosting this field day to work with producers on the use of various models of soil moisture probes currently on the market and to provide some technical guidance on these varying devices,” said Krutz. “Industry representatives will be on hand to provide additional information and answer questions from producers.”
Three Irrigation Turn Row Talks also has been planned. The in-field sessions will include demonstrations, showing farmers a range of irrigation tools in action, including surge valves and soil moisture sensors. The dates and counties covered include:
- July 23, Tunica, Coahoma and Quitman Counties.
- July 24, Bolivar, Sunflower Tallahatchie andLeflore Counties.
- July 25, Washington, Humphreys and Issaquena/Sharkey Counties.
Exact times and locations for these events will be announced in the very near future.