Intelligent data acquisition system for continuous measurements of soil moisture in the field
AdvisorJordan, Kenneth A.
Slack, Donald C.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractA data acquisition system to collect soil moisture readings at 60 field locations was developed. The system predicted a resistance value from a measured counts per time. An error was associated with the measured counts and time, however, this error was minimized by increasing the time for resistance measurement. The effect of temperature was minimized by an automatic calibration of the system before collecting readings. The Watermark electrical resistance moisture sensor was used to sense water content. The system, including eight sensors, was tested in the field. The data collected was difficult to explain. An evaluation of the Watermark sensors indicated a large variation from sensor to sensor, and also indicated a marked influence of soil texture on sensor resistance.