Soil Moisture Sensor Market
Publication Month: Apr 2017 | Report Code: TIPTE100000366 | No. of Pages: 140 | Category: Electronics and Semiconductor | Status: Published
Soil moisture sensors are used to measure the water content in soil. Various laboratory and field measurement approach including remote sensing are available to measure soil moisture content, but the fastest and best one is with the use of soil moisture sensor devices. The soil moisture sensor market can reduce outdoor water use by up to 62% or more over traditional irrigation methods. Water agencies implementing water use efficiency programs have long struggled to achieve quantifiable and reliable water savings. Historically, programs targeting landscape savings have focused on education pertaining to irrigation system maintenance, irrigation scheduling, and climate appropriate plantings. Although these efforts have garnered savings, much potential exists for further landscape irrigation efficiency improvements.
Rising adoption of smart agriculture by both developed as well as developing nations is one of the prime factor driving the growth of soil moisture sensor. Also, scarcity of water and different government initiative to save water is another significant reason pushing use of these sensors in the market.
In the present scenario, water scarcity is one of the major issues being faced by nations across the globe. Agriculture being the major consumer of water for irrigating crops, is estimated to consume more than 60% of the total world's fresh water reserves. Hence, some system is required in order to efficiently manage the water consumption in agriculture. Smart irrigation systems here play a critical role, with application of more efficient irrigation techniques which reduce the water consumption as well as help in increasing crop production.
Soil moisture sensors find their application in determining when, where, and how much water is required by the crop at a particular instance, which help the farmers in obtaining higher crop production. These sensors are easy to install and provides soil temperature and moisture, thus simplifying the vertical profiling of horticulture, irrigation and soil science.
Based on types, the soil moisture sensor market is segmented into volumetric soil moisture sensors and soil water potential sensors. The volumetric moisture sensors accounted for the largest share in the global market in 2016. Volumetric soil moisture sensors are used for measuring water content of the soil by using properties of soil such as dielectric constant, electrical resistance or interactions with neutrons. These devices enable the users to make a reliable and accurate soil moisture measurements thus, making it ideal for applications related to soil science,environmental science, agricultural science, horticulture, biology, botany and others.
Based on end users, the market is segmented into agriculture, sports turf, landscaping and ground care, forestry and others. In 2016, the agriculture segment accounted for a larger share in the global market. In farming, water plays a very critical role. The water resources and optimum usage of water is a key driving force in irrigation. Efficient irrigation watering not only helps in saving water but also reduces dependency on fertilizers and accomplish better plant yield and enhances the crop quality. Also, the soil moisture sensors assist farmers to decide on irrigation scheduling. Irrigation scheduling helps determine the correct frequency and duration of watering. Moreover, it helps reduce damages on-farm from leaking pipes or equipment. Soil moisture sensors thus help to conserve water by guiding the grower to apply right amount required for optimum crop growth throughout the growing season.
The market players focus on new product innovations and developments by integrating advanced technologies and features in their products to compete with the competitors.