Technical Note — EnviroPro Soil Moisture Probe (with Observant C3)

Larry Pitts

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Description

The EnviroPro Soil Moisture Probe measures soil moisture, temperature, and optionally, electrical conductivity (EC) along its length in increments of 4” (10 cm). This Tech Note highlights various EnviroPro features and provides guidance on the probe’s installation.

Applications

The EnviroPro Soil Moisture Probe is suitable for a wide range of perennial and annual crops. Used in combination with Observant Global, it allows agronomists and growers to identify and manage the water delivered to the plant’s primary root zone during each growth stage. Measurements at 4” (10 cm) intervals allow observation of water infiltration into the soil profile and active uptake during active growth. EC measurements can be used to infer salinity or the concentration of some fertilizers. The probe is fully sealed, mechanically robust, and features a 5-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Ordering

All probes come with a 30 ft (10 m) cable. An optional Cable Junction Accessory Pack containing a cable junction and two conduit stoppers allows this length to be extended using suitable cable.

The components above may not have all the tools and consumables necessary for installation (such as conduit and associated fittings).

 

Connection to Field Unit Ports

Field Unit Port  Interface cables and Connectors
 C3 RS232/SDI  Item #10125 + User Supplied Cable 

 

Bare Wire Connections 

For advanced installations, the sensor's bare wires can be connected to a port directly:

Port Terminal Sensor Wire Colour
Power   Red
 Tx  Not connected
 Rx  Blue
 Ground  Black

 

Installation

This section provides an overview of the installation process. Refer to the EnviroPro manual for a detailed guide.

  • Select the probe position. Consideration should be given to the root zone of the crop and the location of any nearby drip-irrigation emitters.
  • Drill a 1.5” (36–38mm) hole for the probe. Retain the removed site soil if you don’t intend to use a bentonite/sand slurry.
  • Test the probe placement within the hole. It should be below the surface, typically by no more than 4” (10 cm).
  • Create a slurry to seal the probe within the hole. If using site soil, mix it with just enough water to create a smooth, soup-like consistency. Alternatively, combine 3.5 oz (100 g) of Bentonite with 32 oz (900 g) of fine sand, add 0.25 gallon (1 L) of water, and allow 30 minutes for the bentonite to absorb the water and swell. Probes installed with the bentonite/sand slurry are often easier to remove.
  • Pour the slurry into the hole until it is about half full. Insert the probe until it is no more than 4” (10 cm) below ground level. If the slurry does not reach the surface, remove the probe and add more. Avoid excessive force; if you experience more than 30 lb (15 kg) of resistance, the slurry mixture may need more water. Add up to 5% extra and repeat.
  • Connect the probe to the C3 unit as per the wiring diagram.
  • Protect all cabling that would otherwise be exposed to weather. Cover the ground level cabling and probe with soil. We recommend rigid plastic or steel conduit and direct-burial, UV stable cable.
  • If possible, log into Observant Global prior to leaving the site, and verify that the sensor is operating correctly.

Optional accessories

Configuration

The EnviroPro Soil Probe device should be added to a C3 unit via Manage Equipment with the default configuration: 

Manuals, Links and Downloads

Manual

Manufacturer's Product Page
http://www.enviroprosoilprobes.com

Manufacturer's Installation Guide
EnviroPro EP100G Series Installation Manual Version 1.2

Manufacturer's Specification Sheet 
http://www.enviroprosoilprobes.com/Files/EnviroPro_Sales_Brochure.pdf

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Downloads

The Tech Note, EnviroPro Soil Moisture Probe (with Observant C3), is available for printing or downloading in either letter (OBS-USR-TN002-R1-LTR) or A4 (OBS-USR-TN002-R1-A4) format.

 

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