How a Soil Moisture Management Solution Can Help You Maintain Your Yields

 

AquiMax® soybean trial under center-pivot irrigation in York, NE.

 

As a grower, yields are your very lifeblood. The better and healthier your crops, the more you stand to profit from them, which can help your business grow in the future. One of the absolute best ways to maintain your yields despite rainfall unpredictability and the potential for drought is a tested soil moisture management solution that includes injectable wetting agents. Here are just a few ways in which optimal moisture leads to healthier crops and heartier yields.

It Improves Soil’s Moisture-Holding Capacity

Wetting agents are an important part of any soil moisture management solution, and this is especially true if your soil’s water holding capacity is low. Think of your soil as a storage container for moisture that your crops can take from as necessary. When the soil cannot hold enough water to sate the crops’ thirst, this can have a tremendous impact on your yields. In some cases, fruits and vegetables may grow much smaller; in others, plants may simply produce fewer fruits or vegetables. By managing soil moisture carefully, you can improve the soil’s water holding capacity and improve yields.

You Will Need Less Irrigation

Irrigation is an important part of soil moisture management, as well. Choosing the right irrigation system for your crop, location, and soil type can go a long way toward improving your yields. However, when you take the time to carefully plan a management solution, it is possible to significantly increase the time between irrigation cycles, thus saving yourself time and money. In fact, with copolymer surfactants designed to help water penetrate the surface of the soil, spread evenly throughout the soil, and make more water available to plants, you can maintain or even increase your yields with far less water over the course of the growing season.

Better Data Leads to Better Decisions

Another important part of your soil moisture management solution involves moisture sensors. These sensors collect data about the soil, then transfer it to a computer program for analysis. With them, you can glean information about moisture at multiple depths (including the root zone), compare that information to rainfall and irrigation cycles, and better plan your irrigation cycles in the future. In fact, some soil tensiometers can even be utilized alongside an automated irrigation system.

You Can Help Crops Become Drought-Resistant

Drought is a serious problem in many parts of the country. Lack of moisture can have a serious effect on plant health, as well. Though serious and significant drought can kill a crop altogether, even mild to moderate drought can influence yields. With this in mind, maintaining yields through soil moisture management becomes vital. Wetting agents and surfactants can help make your crops more drought resistant by providing them with more plant-available moisture at the root level – right where the crops need it most.

No matter where you are located or what you are growing, soil moisture is one of the biggest dictators of your yields. Putting a soil moisture management plan in place is crucial for your success, so consider the different factors – sensors, software, wetting agents, irrigation types, and more – and choose the ones that best suit your unique needs.