Soil Moisture Sensor Cost Share Program and Free Electrical Conductivity Mapping
The Mission Resource Conservation District is offering free electrical conductivity mapping services and a cost share program for the purchase of soil moisture sensors for local growers. The cost share program will provide $1,000 per station and up to $5,000 per site for the soil moisture sensors.
Electrical conductivity mapping of soils has been utilized in California to improve the understanding of soil water holding capacity for better irrigation management. This improved efficiency can lead to water conservation that lowers farm operating costs. A refined understanding of soil water holding capacity combined with soil moisture monitoring sensors can lead to delaying the initiation of an irrigation event, which could reduce the total number of events during a year and thus conserve water and lower water bills.
The project is financed under the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006 and is administered by the State of California Department of Water Resources.
For more information, contact Lance Andersen, Ag Program Director, Mission RCD at 760.728.1332.