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    STUDIA ENGINEERING - Issue no. 1 / 2022  
         
  Article:   DEVELOPMENT AND EVALUATION OF A DIGITAL MPF5-MOISTURE METER.

Authors:  YAHAYA OLOTU, REUBEN ISHIEKWENE, MARIAM ABDUL-WAJID OBOMEGHIE, STEPHEN KOREDE ABOLAJI, FERDINAND ALEONOKHU AIGBODOH.
 
       
         
  Abstract:  DOI: 10.24193/subbeng.2022.1.17

Published Online: 2022-11-11
pp. 182-190

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FULL PDF: VOL.67, No.1, 2022

An important advantage for applying the right amount of water to the fields is provided by the effective irrigation management techniques based on soil moisture monitoring. With a calibrated and exact resolution of 0.03m3/m3 and 36 mV, the developed MPF5 moisture meter monitors soil moisture from a depth of 10 cm to 80 cm using a set of sensors, transducers, capacitors, resistors, and variable micro-switch. The response monitoring system compares the soil moisture to the user-specified target values and generates an alert if the soil moisture falls below the required level for particular crops. There were many similarities between the instrument╩╝s output and that of other automated soil moisture meters like the REOTEMP-MM17 moisture meter and the PR2 capacitance moisture meter. The device works very well for both mineral and organic soils to monitor soil moisture for reliable irrigation scheduling.

Keywords: Soil moisture, MPF5 moisture meter, Irrigation scheduling, Crop, Mineral and organic soil
 
         
     
         
         
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