The IRROMETER Tensiometer is the standard in accurate soil moisture measurement, offering growers an inexpensive and reliable means of measuring soil moisture for irrigation scheduling. An IRROMETER will measure the actual soil water tension, which indicates the effort required by root systems to extract water from the soil. Because the IRROMETER is a true measurement of soil water potential, the instrument is not affected by salinity and does not require site calibration.
The IRROMETER is available in several models, with standard lengths of 6", 12", 18", 24", 36", or 48" dependent on the rooting depth of the specific crop. Longer lengths are available by request. For recommended installation depths, click here.
IRROMETER Family Brochure
The "SR" Irrometer is the standard instrument for use in medium to heavy soils.
Instrument includes a threaded replaceable tip as well as reservoir, air free gauge chamber and hermetically sealed IRROMETER vacuum gauge with dual scale of centibars and kilopascals (0-100 cb [kpa] range)
The "LT" (low tension) Irrometer is designed for situations where tensions above 30 cb (kPa) are rarely expected. Ideal for very coarse soils and non-soil container-media or where rapidly changing soil water status needs to be observed.
Instrument includes a threaded replaceable (blue) Quick-Flo tip as well as reservoir, air free gauge chamber and hermetically sealed IRROMETER vacuum gauge with dual scale of centibars and kilopascals (0-40 cb [kpa] range)
IRROMETER "MLT" (Miniature Low Tension) - designed for applications similar to the Model "LT" above. Ideal for use with very coarse soils and non-soil container-media. Its compact size and replaceable "Quick-Flo" tip make it the best choice for green house applications.MLT Spec Sheet
In use since 1978, the patented WATERMARK sensor is a solid state electrical resistance sensing device that is used to measure soil water tension. As the tension changes with water content the resistance changes as well. That resistance can be measured using the WATERMARK Sensor.
The sensor consists of a pair of highly corrosion resistant electrodes that are embedded within a granular matrix. A current is applied to the WATERMARK to obtain a resistance value. The WATERMARK Meter or WATERMARK Monitor correlates the resistance to Centibars (kilopascals) of soil water tension.
The WATERMARK is designed to be a permanent sensor, placed in the soil to be monitored and “read” as often as necessary with a portable or stationary device. Internally installed gypsum provides some buffering for the effect of salinity levels normally found in irrigated agricultural crops and landscapes.