Understanding soil moisture is important to improve the effectiveness of cultivations. Wet soil is prone to compaction, but soil moisture is important to soil cohesion, maintaining channel shape at depth when mole ploughing. To reduce damage to soil structure during feld operations, soil should be dry on the surface. Dry soil is also more friable, breaking down easily to produce cracking at the required depth during subsoiling. With help from Agrii, we have been using soil moisture sensors to help understand how the data generated might inform decisions about timing of field operations at different depths in the soil profle.
You can download a pdf summarising our results here.