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The Tunica Times • P.O. Box 308/986 Magnolia Street, Tunica, MS 38676

Moisture sensors curb irrigation


STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Dry September weather has Mississippi soybean producers on opposite ends of the irrigation spectrum: Some are done, while others want to water one more time.

Jason Krutz, irrigation specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, has a question for them: What do the soil moisture sensors say?

“Soil moisture sensors allow us to know exactly when the crop needs water,” Krutz said. “Some producers cut off the water too soon, and some cut it off too late. The only way to know how to get it just right is to have soil moisture sensors.”

Krutz said a recent Soybean Promotion Board survey found 20 percent of Mississippi soybean producers use soil moisture sensors. That number is far above the national average of 1.5 percent, but Krutz will not be satisfied until all Mississippi farmers are using these tools to irrigate efficiently.

“I’m pushing a lot of guys to tell them, we’re not done with the crop yet. Keep irrigating,” Krutz said. “I’m working with other producers who are eager to irrigate, and they want to send water down the field one more time.”

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