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
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
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
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
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
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

Soils and Irrigation

Just like us plants require a good supply of water and nutrients in order to thrive. Water is essential in the plant for a number of reasons.

- Water pressure within plant cell walls provides physical support,

- Water is the medium in which all chemical processes of plant metabolism occur,

- Water acts as a solvent and medium for minerals and sugars to be transported around the plant,

- Inter-cellular water evaporation can also act as a cooling mechanism to maintain plant at a temperature favourable for metabolic processes.

soilAgricultural soils are full of tiny pores (holes) like a sponge, and just like a sponge these pores (and the surface of the particles that make up the pores) can hold water.

This water can be extracted by plant roots as they grow through the soil. When a soil is holding lots of water the plant can easily draw out the water, as less and less water is present it becomes increasingly difficult for the plant to draw water.



When plants are starved of water they will adopt water saving measures to reduce transpiration, the result is the metabolic rate of the plant is reduced. This causes a reduction in the rate of plant growth and restricts the yield of the crop being produced. Eventually if the soil becomes too dry the crop will no longer be able to sustain itself and will die.

Most growers understand the benefits of irrigating high value crops but many irrigation decisions are based on "kicking the soil" or inaccurate water balance methods. By deploying accurate, in-field sensors to monitor the changing soil moisture conditions in your crop you can determine when, and how much irrigation a crop needs to keep it growing to reach its full economic potential.

Once you decide to irrigate you need to ensure your application does not exceed the absorbsion capabilites of your soil.  If you water potato ridges too rapidly the ridges will shed much of the irrigation and the crop roots will remain parched.

Remember a heavy rain storm may produce 5-10mm of rainfal per hour, a boom can apply 25mm in just 2 minutes.


Only by collecting continuous, in field, multi-depth soil moisture data can you really know what is happening in your soil profile and make informed irrigation decisions.

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