Soil conductivity, farming, and nematodes

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    Hamilton
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    Over dinner with a large group of friends I heard the words “soil conductivity in NH” and something about  a new device to measure it. As the only person at the table with any RF experience or interest I was surprised by the topic at the other end of the table. It turned out the discussion was related to  farming. Apparently there are efforts to map the conductivity of the state’s small farms with 1/4 acre resolution and also to develop a airborne measurement capability.

    The following link is just one of many articles on measuring soil conductivity and what it reveals about the soil.

    http://www.lsuagcenter.com/nr/rdonlyres/e57e82a0-3b99-4dee-99b5-cf2ad7c43aef/77101/pub3185whatissoilelectricalconductivityhighres.pdf

    It also suggests some fencing and a few cows around the vertical may be worth a dB or two of gain….

     

     

    Hamilton (K1HMS)
    Amherst, NH

    #14291
    Fred Kemmerer
    Fred Kemmerer
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    I think I could maybe handle the fence but cows in the back yard may be too much for the neighbors … hi hi

    - Fred (AB1OC)
    President, Nashua Area Radio Society

    ab1oc@arrl.net
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    #14325
    Ed Deichler
    Ed Deichler
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    “a few cows around the vertical may be worth a dB or two of gain”

    I guess cow patties on the radial field is pretty conductive.

    73 de TE

    - Ed (K2TE)
    President Emeritus, Nashua Area Radio Club

    k2te@juno.com
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    #14363
    Fred Kemmerer
    Fred Kemmerer
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    The cows might make for mooo’ving experience ;).

    - Fred (AB1OC)
    President, Nashua Area Radio Society

    ab1oc@arrl.net
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    #14365

    Hamilton
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    I’ve been think about renting a hill top for my tower, maybe I should add dairy farms to my list. 😉

    On the serious side it is useful there is an ongoing development of measuring devices, research linking soil type to conductivity, and the USDA and NH are building high resolution data bases.  I’m starting to think the “1” in our call signs is the soil type.

     

    Hamilton (K1HMS)
    Amherst, NH

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