Soil moisture monitoring of pastures

Agriculture Victoria has installed several soil moisture probes on a range of soil and pasture types across Victoria.

Soil moisture probes have helped with making early decisions in the cropping industry for some time.

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Agriculture Victoria soil moisture monitoring sites

Dairy farm with soil moisture monitoring setupThe probes are capacitance enviropro probes. They are 80 centimetres long, have eight sensors internally and provide soil water content values and temperature every 10 centimetres.

These are collecting information on water infiltration after rain events and plants using water as they grow dry matter (particularly in the absence of rain).

The probes are factory calibrated in a light soil medium. They are currently not field calibrated to the soil type they have been installed into and so the figures recorded do not represent millimetre of soil moisture.

The data will eventually show maximum and minimum soil moisture capacity over time and a range of seasons.

Different soil types at each site means they cannot be directly compared to other sites and are best assessed individually. All sites are currently useful to show relative movement/use of moisture down the profile for soil types/plant species.

Map of Victoria showing soil moisture probe sites, list of towns to follow

The soil moisture probes are located in:

  • Lawloit
  • Pigeon Ponds
  • Dartmoor
  • Jancourt
  • Baynton
  • Greta
  • Longwarry
  • Yarram
  • Bairnsdale.
Page last updated: 16 Jul 2020