Soil Moisture Monitoring in Dryland Cropping Areas

Agriculture Victoria - Risk management through soil moisture monitoring project

Type: Article, Webpage
Knowledge level: Intermediate

Farm Table says:

A useful article on soil probes used in Victoria to assist farmers in increasing grain quality and production through monitoring soil moisture. You can also get access to a handy online tool for soil moisture monitoring in Victoria for free.

This article looks specifically at soil moisture monitoring in dry land cropping areas of Victoria and includes the ‘Risk Management through Soil Moisture Monitoring Project’ from 2011. The project findings are a useful source of information for farmers in Victoria wanting assistance on sowing and crop selection.

Items covered in this article were:

  • The ‘risk management through soil moisture monitoring project’
  • Soil moisture probes
  • Cropping risk assessment

Key points were as follows:

  • One of the main aims of the project was to assist farmers in increasing grain quality and production.
  • A focus area of the project was variability in crop inputs and crop potential.
  • Dryland cropping farmers were given access to soil probes to monitor water availability during the project, a source in technology that farmers had previously had limited access too.
  • The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) are assisting farmers by allowing the live data of the soil moisture probes to be available online.
  • The Victorian sites the soil probes were located at include:
  1. Kerang
  2. Sale
  3. Youanmite
  4. Raywood
  5. Coonooer Bridge
  6. Elmore
  7. Hamilton
  8. Lake Bolac
  9. Brim (Lah) Taylors Lake
  10. Bangerang
  11. Speed
  12. Werrimull
  13. Birchip
  14. Ouyen
  15. Normanville
  • The risk assessment table provides a breakdown of the production stage of the cropping cycle, a specific moisture level and a management action. This should give farmers a good indication on the types of management strategies that can be used when you are able to access soil moisture data.
  • For information on how to access the data and navigate around the soil moisture monitoring site please contact Dale Boyd via email dale.boyd@ecodev.vic.gov.au or phone (03) 5482 0439.
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