The new technology you added on the enviroscan by inserting a rain gauge is real working and very accurate. I must say it helping me to know the actual rain received in a day and even if my irrigation team forget to record the rainfall I have actual data on line. Good job.


- Samual Kamau
Just a note to let you know how pleased we are with your soil moisture sense systems that are installed across a range of our vegetable crops.

This is the fourth year we have made full use of them and my growing team use them as one of their most important management tools every day when planning irrigation for the day or week ahead. When you are as spread out as we are they are an essential tool that is used first thing every morning when my managers get in the office, even if it’s to get a feel of rainfall round our fields.

When applied irrigation can cost up to £50/ acre inch its essential we don’t waste it by using water unnecessarily and likewise when we are doing scab control on potatoes. It has become a very important part of our daily monitoring simply because we cannot be in all the fields every day with a fork. It’s also helped us later in the season when we are trying to dry crops out prior to harvest or getting them to use water from depth.

Keep up the good work and we will continue to use your services which are no doubt enabling us to save a lot of money whilst helping quality.

Yours sincerely

James Foskett
- James Foskett Farms, Suffolk
The benefits of EnviroSCAN to my business are:- Saves time and money travelling. Gives me the ability to look on a laptop and monitor crop water usage and water application. Helps with the understanding of crop water uptake to apply water more efficiently and to maximize quality and yields. - Nick Sheppherd Agrimarc Ltd
We have been using EnviroSCAN for over 8 years. EnviroSCANs have enabled us to gain a greater understanding of water application.and plant usage. We use the EnviroSCAN data to schedule applications. Using EnviroSCAN has helped us to increase average yields and impove fruit quality thus maximising irrigation efficiency. Untill this year all of our EnviroSCAN probes have been installed in soil grown crops, however we now have one installed in a substrate system. This has produced some interesting data and will help us further in improving our irrigation management. One of the great things is all of the irrigation team have remote access to data so they can see the results of their work. - Tom Pearson, Manager Hugh Lowe farms
The Enviroscan system has helped us to manage our water use more efficiently and we have made significant savings on fertiliser as a result. - Steven McGuffie, New Farm Produce, Lichfield
I've been using EnviroSCAN's and their services for the last 3 years on a variety of horticultural crops. Our production sites are scattered over several counties so the EnviroSCAN is an invaluable tool in helping to schedule irrigation and check that automatic systems are working. Their service backup is flexible and very helpfull - Sean Finlayson, S&A Group Holdings Ltd
The Enviroscan is giving us additional confidence to reduce water use in our strawberry production. - Charles Gaskain
Since installing EnviroSCAN, we feel that we have more control over our irrigation and the plants' water requirements. The website shows up to date graphs that indicate water usage. This shows the depth to which the plants are using water. We are installing more EnviroSCAN, and will have one at every site. - Paul Hamlyn Farm Manager Bardsley Farms

Dryland Cropswheat

What is the point of monitoring soil moisture in dryland crops that have no irrigation available?

Well more and more dryland producers are starting to realise the benefits. 

Farm owner Bryn Llewelyn, Nanyuki, Kenya can explain....

"At Ol Donyo Farm on the northern slopes of Mt Kenya we use two Diviners together with a 1m tube on every 100 acres of our 2400 acres of dryland arable cropping. The crops are grown in an average rainfall year of 625 mm which includes 250- 300 mm fallow rainfall together with 250- 300 mm off in crop rain.

Having said that we dream of average years and have had a variance within the last ten years from 310 mm up to 880 mm per year. We are presently on a four year rotation which includes Wheat, Canola, Malting Barley and Field Peas. Diviner measurements are taken twice per week and rainfall is measured each day as and when we are lucky enough to have it.

Although our crops are dryland and therefore not irrigated we still benefit from the Diviner information in the following ways.

* Better knowledge and understanding of our soils.

* When and which field we can start seeding.

* How long the crop can continue running on residual moisture without rain.

* Rooting depth, as well as the crops effects and measurement of deep soil moisture.

* Status on residual moisture before spraying chemicals so as not to waste money or stress the crop if wilting point is imminent.

* When we were cultivating before moving to Zero Till we were able to see significant residual moisture differences between the Mouldboard Plough, Chisel and Rip lands through out the season.

* Information on moisture loss in relation to in crop versus fallow fields.

* The moisture usage between different crops within the growing season.

* The soils infiltration rate by comparing the rain gauge next to each tube and the Diviner readings, informing of any run off.

The above has enabled us to make key on the ground management decisions knowing exactly what the soil moisture levels are rather than "winging" them and being caught out. We learnt the hard way!!! The Diviner information is now an crucial tool used in our crop management decision making.

In the future we hope to continue building up our database and improving on the utilization of the Diviner information."

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