My remote soil probes are up and running and my perceptions on things are changing already.
Soil probe data
Push up green more variable than sand construction???
Looking at the temperature soil graph you can begin to see the 2nd green (which is a push up) is showing more fluctuation than the 18th (a sand construction). During cold periods its sitting colder and during a warm period it’s sitting warmer. This is counter-intuitive to my expectations.
Sand green wetter than soil green???
OK – it’s not much but
Soil temperatures aren’t very stable???
I’ve always been taught that soil is an insulator and the temperatures fluctuate slowly. This possible misinformation has been compounded over the years by my religious attempt to stick a thermometer in the soil and take the figure I get as a figure for the day. Actually, this newer data is showing me that soil temps parallel the air temperature much closer than I thought.
Air temperature and rainfall data
With this data being recorded regularly we will be armed with more information
- Take playing surfaces through difficult periods of the year
- Greater understanding of when disease pressure is high
- reater ability to control the amount of stress imparted on our greens.
It’s important to remember these pieces of data are taken from one point on a green so will not replace traditional data gathering methods but will give us a huge amount of information to complement the existing information that no matter how much we wanted to just couldn’t be gathered.
How we set them up
These probes were set into the ground with the probes at 50mm, the aerial needs to point towards the transmitter with is connected to a 240v mains supply. We’ve found that around 75 metres is the limit without a repeater (which can be easily added)
Soil probe summary:
These soil probes are made by soil scout and distributed by
These probes update every 20 minutes sending the data into the cloud. This information can give us a much greater understanding of the conditions in our soils. SOILSCOUT presentation