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Soil water and conductivity sensing system

Soil water content and bulk electrical conductivity may be determined by time domain reflectometry at multiple depths in the soil such that the entire soil profile from the surface to a user-selected depth may be characterized. A short rise-time pulse is passed into an electrode and the reflected pulse is captured at multiple times. A waveform of reflection coefficient versus time is determined, which may be used to determine the pulse travel time, effective frequency and reflection coefficients at times necessary for the determination of the soil water content and bulk electrical conductivity.
Inventors: 

Scott K. Anderson

Joaquin J. Casanova

Steven R. Evett

Robert C. Schwartz

Patent Number: 
US8947102
Patent Issue Date: 
March 3, 2015
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