Sensoterra soil moisture sensors are an impressive piece of technology built inside a robust casing. With proper use and care, the sensors should last upwards of 3 years. To get the most out of your sensors, please keep these tips in mind:
- Push the sensors into the soil or tap them in using a rubber hammer.
Soil contact is important so should you feel an obstruction or resistance beneath the ground, try to find another spot to place the sensor. Do not use a steel hammer on the casing!
- Placement of sensors is key!
When possible, try to place sensors in a general line of sight of the gateway.
Do not place sensors near any large (metal) structures like a grain silo, electricity tower, or water tower. Place at least 20 meters (65 feet) away to avoid interference, keeping the location of the gateway in mind.
- Remove the sensors prior to any mechanical harvesting.
Damaging the sensors or your harvesting equipment is a bummer and is not covered by our warranty!
- When not in use, remove the sensors and store them in a dry place.
This is particularly important when your gateway is turned off. Do not leave the sensors in the soil with no LoRa coverage as they will continue to try to find a LoRa connection. This puts unnecessary strain on the battery.