Readily Available Water (RAW) zone
Scheduling of irrigation is important in helping provide the right amount of water for your pastures. Maintaining your soil moisture within the Readily Available Water (RAW) zone enables plants to easily access water and to grow.
Accurately measuring soil moisture allows irrigation to be adjusted accordingly to ensure that you don't under or over irrigate. Soil moisture knowledge will assist you to decide when to irrigate, either at the start of a season or scheduling irrigations throughout the season.
The Smarter Irrigation for Profit project aims to identify strategies and technologies that can help farmers ensure their irrigation keeps their soil within the Readily Available Water (RAW) zone to increase yields and profit.