Understanding your soil is critical to irrigation scheduling. Below are some resources to help you understand your soil type and how much water it holds.
Soil profile builder
Soil profile builder is a tool that helps you determine how much water your soil holds.
Irrigation scheduling using soil water budgets
Soil water budgets are a simple low cost method to schedule your irrigation. Inputs (rainfall and irrigation) and outputs (plant water use and any drainage from over irrigation) are recorded as a daily water budget in mm. The soils water holding characteristics define the maximum amount of water that can be stored, again in mm.
Soil water budgets work well for pasture irrigation where the daily Potential Evapotranspiration (PET) can be used as the measure of plant water use. For other crops PET needs to be adjusted by a crop factor, this reflects the crop type and/or growth stage.
INZ Irrigation Essentials and Irrigation Management resource books provide detailed information on understanding soil water, climate measurements for irrigation, plant water use, and how to use these to schedule your irrigation. These are available free to INZ members
Soil water budget spreadsheet
Below are a list of commercial water budgeting tools and services available in NZ, note soil water budgets are usually used in conjunction with soil moisture monitoring.
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