Whatever material they are made of, sports fields need irrigating; whether they are used for football or rugby matches (on natural grass, stabilised surfaces or synthetic turf), grass or clay tennis courts, race courses and equestrian centres (grass or sand) or natural grass golf courses, an efficient irrigation system is essential for the good health of the plants and the quality of the performance of the riders and players.
The importance of making rational decisions by looking at the trends and not only the absolute values when using sensors for irrigation scheduling
The aim of this article is not to go into detail about the different sensors that can be used for irrigation scheduling, but rather to go over certain fundamental rules and basic principles that could be helpful when taking a decision based on an analysis of the measurements obtained by the sensor, as well as providing the arguments that support these deliberations.
We will mainly be discussing the aspects relating to the measurements of the soil water status, although certain principles may also be applied with regard to other types of sensors, e.g. plant water status, etc… adapting them as necessary.
Health warning: at a time when there is an increase in the use of sports fields with synthetic surfaces containing recycled rubber, do they represent a health risk for the players? Certain local authorities have expressed their concern.
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