Installation methods

Arable installation

Overview:

  • Aquaflex sensors are placed within the plant row (root zone), between plants.
  • The tape is stood vertically within the trench, to avoid the pooling of water on it.
  • The same trench may be used for both sensors, placing the top sensor within the back-filled section of the trench.
  • The top sensor is set through the root zone in a sloping trench. (The tip at ~250mm deep
    the tape sloping upward to ~50mm from the surface then bending the tape over to the
    block which is placed is placed at ~100mm from soil surface).
  • The bottom Aquaflex sensor is set at the base of a ~350-400mm trench once again tape standing vertically within the trench.

Installation steps:

  1. Dig a trench to the nominated depth. Care should be taken to remove the soil carefully when digging the trench.
    Placement of the soil on a sheet of polyethylene, or similar, assists in retaining the soil in a position to enable
    you to return the soil back to where it came from
  2. Place the sensor in the trench and place soil around the sensor to ensure good contact between the soil and the sensor.
    Remember: The tape is stood vertically within the trench, to avoid the pooling of water on it.
  3. Attempt to tamp the soil back layer by layer to replace the soil pretty much as it was.
    Please replace any stones and other features of the soil to enable readings to be typical of the surrounding soil.

Pasture installation

Overview:

  • Ideally one Aquaflex site per irrigator and/or one site per soil type is recommended.
  • A sensor sloping through the profile from about 50mm below the surface down to the bottom of the topsoil layer.This sensor then provides a very good characterisation of the water contents in the main root zone of the pasture.
  • A second sensor is often installed horizontally at around 500mm depth to act as a check sensor.
    This is especially important on light soils or longer rotation irrigation systems that apply large volumes of water infrequently.This sensor lets you identify over-watering as drainage of water past the root zone as well as giving guidance to the level of stress the pasture is under.

AquaflexDoubleSensorConfiguration

Installation steps:

  1. Dig a trench to the nominated depth. Care should be taken to remove the soil carefully when digging the trench.
    Placement of the soil on a sheet of polyethylene, or similar, assists in retaining the soil in a position to enable
    you to return the soil back to where it came from
  2. Place the sensor in the trench and place soil around the sensor to ensure good contact between the soil and the sensor.
    Remember: The tape is stood vertically within the trench, to avoid the pooling of water on it.
  3. Attempt to tamp the soil back layer by layer to replace the soil pretty much as it was.
    Please replace any stones and other features of the soil to enable readings to be typical of the surrounding soil.

Vine installation

Overview:

  • Aquaflex sensors are placed within the plant row (root zone), between plants.
  • The tape is stood vertically within the trench, to avoid the pooling of water on it.
  • The same trench may be used for both sensors, placing the top sensor within the back-filled section of the trench.
  • The top sensor is set at an angle across the row – through the root zone in a sloping trench. (The tip at ~500mm deep the tape sloping upward to ~50mm from the surface then bending the tape over to the block which is placed is placed at ~100mm from soil surface).
  • The bottom Aquaflex sensor is set at the base of a ~600mm trench once again tape standing vertically within the trench.

Installation steps:

  1. Dig a trench to the nominated depth. Care should be taken to remove the soil carefully when digging the trench.
    Placement of the soil on a sheet of polyethylene, or similar, assists in retaining the soil in a position to enable
    you to return the soil back to where it came from
  2. Place the sensor in the trench and place soil around the sensor to ensure good contact between the soil and the sensor.
    Remember: The tape is stood vertically within the trench, to avoid the pooling of water on it.
  3. Tamp the soil back layer by layer to replace the soil back to the same density as it was as best as possible

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