By Jeremy Nelson, South Australian Murray Darling Basin Natural Resource Management Board, Berri, South Australia.
Throughout 2010 the South Australian Murray‐Darling Basin NRM Board established 3 capacitance probe based soil moisture monitoring sites under cereal crops in the SA Mallee. These sites are spread between Waikerie, Pinaroo and Karoonda. As soil calibration data was pending for the Pinaroo and Karoonda sites this article will discuss results at the MSF Waikerie site for the 2010 season.
All of these capacitance probe installations have been undertaken in conjunction with support from Caring for Our Country as part of the ‘Engaging Farmers in Improved NRM’ project. This four-year project is currently in the second year of implementation, so results for trial work should be considered as preliminary.
This article will deal specifically with the Waikerie MSF site installations, including discussing the installation and calibration process to date. A review of monitoring results from the 2010 season will also be reviewed.