The Enviroscan is giving us additional confidence to reduce water use in our strawberry production. - Charles Gaskain
The Enviroscan system has helped us to manage our water use more efficiently and we have made significant savings on fertiliser as a result. - Steven McGuffie, New Farm Produce, Lichfield
The benefits of EnviroSCAN to my business are:- Saves time and money travelling. Gives me the ability to look on a laptop and monitor crop water usage and water application. Helps with the understanding of crop water uptake to apply water more efficiently and to maximize quality and yields. - Nick Sheppherd Agrimarc Ltd
We have been using EnviroSCAN for over 8 years. EnviroSCANs have enabled us to gain a greater understanding of water application.and plant usage. We use the EnviroSCAN data to schedule applications. Using EnviroSCAN has helped us to increase average yields and impove fruit quality thus maximising irrigation efficiency. Untill this year all of our EnviroSCAN probes have been installed in soil grown crops, however we now have one installed in a substrate system. This has produced some interesting data and will help us further in improving our irrigation management. One of the great things is all of the irrigation team have remote access to data so they can see the results of their work. - Tom Pearson, Manager Hugh Lowe farms
I've been using EnviroSCAN's and their services for the last 3 years on a variety of horticultural crops. Our production sites are scattered over several counties so the EnviroSCAN is an invaluable tool in helping to schedule irrigation and check that automatic systems are working. Their service backup is flexible and very helpfull - Sean Finlayson, S&A Group Holdings Ltd
Since installing EnviroSCAN, we feel that we have more control over our irrigation and the plants' water requirements. The website shows up to date graphs that indicate water usage. This shows the depth to which the plants are using water. We are installing more EnviroSCAN, and will have one at every site. - Paul Hamlyn Farm Manager Bardsley Farms
The new technology you added on the enviroscan by inserting a rain gauge is real working and very accurate. I must say it helping me to know the actual rain received in a day and even if my irrigation team forget to record the rainfall I have actual data on line. Good job.


- Samual Kamau
Just a note to let you know how pleased we are with your soil moisture sense systems that are installed across a range of our vegetable crops.

This is the fourth year we have made full use of them and my growing team use them as one of their most important management tools every day when planning irrigation for the day or week ahead. When you are as spread out as we are they are an essential tool that is used first thing every morning when my managers get in the office, even if it’s to get a feel of rainfall round our fields.

When applied irrigation can cost up to £50/ acre inch its essential we don’t waste it by using water unnecessarily and likewise when we are doing scab control on potatoes. It has become a very important part of our daily monitoring simply because we cannot be in all the fields every day with a fork. It’s also helped us later in the season when we are trying to dry crops out prior to harvest or getting them to use water from depth.

Keep up the good work and we will continue to use your services which are no doubt enabling us to save a lot of money whilst helping quality.

Yours sincerely

James Foskett
- James Foskett Farms, Suffolk

Soil/Substrate Moisture Monitoring

Water, application costs and incorrect irrigation cost you money.  Over-irrigation can have as large a negative effect on crop yield and quality as under-irrigation.  Neither under or over irrigation are economically or environmentally sustainable.

How do you schedule your irrigation?

There are many ways to schedule irrigation  water balance sheets, neutron probes, tensiometers, the boot!  Some pros and cons for different systems can be found below.  Good decisions require good data.  With many years of experience using all these technologies our preferred method is to use EnviroSCAN™ probes which accurately and continuously monitor soil moisture changes at multiple depths.

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What does poorly timed, under or over irrigation cost you?

Crops need water to thrive.  Soils/substrate act as a reservoir for the crop to draw on, the size of the reservoir depends on the plant root depth and soil type. 

If soil is too dry at any depth water becomes less available to the roots at that depth and as do the nutrients dissolved within it.  Result > Yield restricted 

If excessive irrigation is applied water carries dissolved valuable nutrients below the depth of the active roots.  Result > Cost of wasted water, Yield restricted, risk of pollution 

If soil is kept too wet water root hairs die due to the lack of oxygen available, fewer active root hairs water and nutrient uptake.  Also higher humidity increases disease risk. Result > Yield restricted, quality reduced

Would using cost effective in field monitoring equipment help you improve?

Our experiences with our existing clients suggests it almost certainly will.  Read some of our case studies and then contact us to discuss a trial system.

Pros and Cons of Irrigation Scheduling Methods

The Boot!

The surface gives no real indication of how much water is really available to the crop.  The surface can be bone dry over a soil with plenty of water or be wet following recent rain/ irrigation that has only penetrated a few centimeters.  At least use a spade.

Water balance sheets/computer models

Can cover large areas. These make many assumptions about field capacity and use ET (Evapotranspiration) figures which often do not relate to what actually happens in your crop.  Balance sheets and models can serve a useful purpose but having a few probes to monitor actual data and feed corrections in can greatly improve their accuracy.

Neutron probes

Require licensed contractors due to the radioactive nature.  Manual readings are labour intensive and only provide a snap shot reading of one point in time.


Cheap, but from our experience provide unreliable data, are difficult to install and easy to break.  You require several in order to monitor multiple depths.

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