Efforts to reduce emissions at soil grown crops have been given a boost by a new type of soil moisture sensor. Various types of sensors were tested but application was stuck due to technical and practical problems. A new type will be developed by DACOM in cooperation with researchers from Wageningen UR and dictated by the demands of growers.
The sensor works with a solar-powered and has wireless communication. This fulfilled a key demands of the farmers, to have no wires. Power, communication and sensor are in one system, so placement is reasonably flexible. However, - which goes for all sensors -, placement must be carefully in order to get accurate moisture contents.