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GroPointPro

Moisture, salinity (electrical conductivity), temperature and wetting front in a single SDI-12 sensor.


The GroPoint™ Pro soil sensor is robust, reliable and highly accurate, providing cost-effective measurement of soil moisture, soil temperature, salinity (electrical conductivity or EC).

This SDI-12 sensor also functions as a wetting front detector, providing a separate output for the wetting front measurement. By placing the tip of the sensor just above the bottom of your crop's root zone, the wetting front measurement will indicate when water has reached the bottom of the probe during irrigation, allowing you to have your irrigation stop at precisely the optimal time to ensure only the water needed is applied.

The sleek, lightweight design installs quickly with minimal soil disruption. When installed vertically, the sensor averages volumetric moisture content over a soil layer of about 6” (15cm). When installed horizontally, the sensor can be used to measure moisture at a specific soil depth.

GroPoint Pro can be deployed in irrigation-sensitive zones, such as around the root zone, to enable full control of precision irrigation needs.


  • Provides SDI-12 output of moisture, temperature and salinity (electrical conductivity).
  • Detects when wetting front has reached bottom of probe.
  • Moisture readings can be user-calibrated with 3rd-order polynomials to meet custom requirements.
  • Low power requirements—suitable for remote, autonomous applications.
  • Patented TDT5 technology for scientific-grade accuracy and excellent long-term stability of measurements.
  • Fully potted electronics for excellent durability.

Moisture

Measurement range

0% to 100% of VMC

Accuracy

±1.0% *

Precision

< 0.2%

Electrical conductivity/Salinity

Measurement range

0 to 4 dS/m

Accuracy

±3%

Temperature

Measurement range

-20°C to +70°C (-4°F to 158°F)

Accuracy

±0.5 °C

Wetting Front

Output parameter

0 to 10, corresponding to rate of change of moisture from last reading

Electrical

Interface

SDI-12 v.1.3

Connection

Bare wire
Optional EN3 4-pin IP66/IP68 rated environmental connector

Warm-up time

< 1 second

Input voltage

6 to 14 VDC, max. 18 VDC

Current consumption

Quiescent: <0.1 mA
Active: 15-35 mA

Environmental

Operating temperature

-20°C to 70°C (-4°F to 158°F)

Storage temperature

-40°C to 85°C (-40°F to 185°F)

Physical

Dimensions

19.6 cm x 2.0 cm x 0.56 cm (7.7” x 0.8” x 0.2”)

Weight (with standard cable)

272 g (0.6 lb.)

Cable weight

38 g per m (0.42 oz. per foot)

Standard cable

5 m (16.40 ft.)
4xAWG22 dual-shielded, twisted pair, rated for direct burial

Warranty

1-year limited parts and labour

* 8% to 42% VMC, in controlled laboratory conditions; factory calibrated for most agricultural soils. In field applications, accuracy may slightly decrease due to the inevitable heterogeneity of soil texture, soil compaction, moisture and fluctuation in soil temperature. The accuracy may also decrease in difficult soil conditions (higher clay and salinity content). In normal conditions, GroPoint sensors will maintain their accuracy from permanent wilting through field capacity in sandy loam through clay soils with less than 60% clay particles. Under moderately saline conditions. GroPoint sensors will maintain their accuracy up to 6 ds/m.

Is it compatible with all data loggers?

Yes, GroPoint Pro will work with virtually any data logger that supports the SDI-12 standard.

What is the "wetting front" measurement?

By placing the tip of the sensor just above the bottom of your crop's root zone (the wetting front sensor is at the tip of the probe), the wetting front measurement will indicate when water has reached the bottom of the probe during irrigation, allowing you to have your irrigation stop at precisely the optimal time to ensure only the water needed is applied.

The GroPoint Pro calculates the first derivative (rate of change) of moisture to indicate how quickly the moisture level is increasing (it does not indicate in any way moisture decreases). Range is 0 (very low or negative rate of change) to 10 (high rate of change). A slow moisture increase generates low values, whereas a very rapid moisture increase generates higher readings (up to the maximum of 10). It is not related to absolute moisture level, rather how quickly the moisture level is changing. There is no time element in this measurement, it just compares previous readings to the current reading.

For example, assuming dry to saturated step change, wetting front readings will appear similar to this over time:

0 - no moisture change
0 - no moisture change
1 - minor increase in moisture level
10 - sudden increase in moisture level
7 - no moisture change (already at high level) or moisture drops
4 - no moisture change (already at high level) or moisture drops
1 - no moisture change (already at high level) or moisture drops
0 - no moisture change (already at high level) or moisture drops

Important note: The sensor must be continuously powered to provide useful wetting front measurement, as it maintains historical data values used in its calculations which are lost if power is turned off.

Can it be used as a portable solution?

No, GroPoint probes are meant to be used on a permanent or semi-permanent basis. There should be minimal disturbance of the surrounding soil for proper accuracy.

What kind of soils can it be used in?

GroPoint Pro probes can be used in virtually any soil.

Can the sensor cable be buried, and is it durable enough to be left exposed on the surface of the ground?

GroPoint sensors are furnished with a high quality cable suitable for direct burial or exposure to direct sunlight. It is resistant to damage from insects, abrasion and normal environmental exposure. However, mechanical damage from hoes, coyotes, gophers, other animals, and cultivators can easily cut this cable. Any problem with this sensor will most likely be due to damage to the electrical cable. To prevent damage, it is strongly recommended that the cable be installed in 3/4-inch electrical conduit. This size conduit is required to accommodate the passage of the plug connector.

What is the maximum length of cable that can be used with the sensor?

According to the SDI-12 specification, the combined length of all sensors connected to a data logger cannot exceed 610 m (2,000 feet). So one sensor with a 610 m cable or 10 sensors each with a 61 m cable.

Can I use my own cable to extend the length of the standard cable?

Custom cable lengths can be ordered from us, or cable may be spliced by the customer. Each cable has three wires. The cable must be 22 gauge copper or larger.

All connections should be made inside a waterproof box using silicone filled, waterproof, wire nut connectors. These waterproof connectors are available at local electrical/hardware suppliers, such as The Home Depot.

Does it need to be calibrated for different soil types?

GroPoint probes are factory-calibrated for use in most soils. There are also two other standard calibrations that can be used, which you can specify when you order. Below is an image of a standard soil texture triangle. By default, calibration is done for a wide variety of soil types represented by the red area. You can also request that your sensor is calibrated for clay or highly saline soil (the green area) or sandy soils (blue area).
Soil moisture probe
Custom calibration can be done at our facility upon request. End customers can also perform their own calibration (documented in the User Manual).

Why is it so accurate? Most soil sensors I see are only accurate to 3%.

GroPoint sensors feature an accuracy rating of < ±1% (< ±0.01m3m-3) volumetric soil moisture, between the range of 8% to 42% VMC (this is the normal range for agricultural applications). We obtain this accuracy through a patented technique which improves the performance of the already reliable TDT method of soil moisture measurement. This patented technology is called TDT5, which you can read about here.

While the < ±1% accuracy rating is achieved in controlled laboratory conditions, GroPoint sensors are factory calibrated for most agricultural soils. In field applications, accuracy may slightly decrease due to the inevitable heterogeneity of soil texture, soil compaction, moisture and fluctuation in soil temperature. The accuracy may also decrease in difficult soil conditions (higher clay and salinity content). In normal conditions, GroPoint sensors will maintain their accuracy from permanent wilting through field capacity in sandy loam through clay soils with less than 60% clay particles. Under moderately saline conditions, GroPoint sensors will maintain their accuracy up to 6 ds/m.

What is TDT5? How does it differ from other soil measurement methods?

TDT5 is a proprietary technology based on Time Domain Transmission (TDT), which is a refined version of Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR). TDT measures the time taken for an electromagnetic wave to propagate (travel) along a given length of a transmission line in the soil. Moisture in the soil changes the soil’s dielectric properties, so that the electro-magnetic wave travels at different rates in wet soil compared to dry soil. This allows for the accurate determination of the soil moisture content.

However, we add our own engineering designs that result in a less expensive, more robust and more accurate (with greater repeatability) sensor than with pure TDT alone. This enhances TDT in five (hence "TDT5") key ways:

  1. Measures with an antenna 5 times longer than the physical length of the probe, to reduce the impact of noise - boosts accuracy to ±1% and repeatability to < 0.2%
  2. Filtering 400,000 pulses for each measurement - boosts accuracy to ±1% and repeatability to < 0.2%
  3. Captures measurement in less than 100ms - reduces power consumption
  4. Embeds antenna and circuitry on a single board - dramatically reduces cost to manufacture
  5. Encases entire sensor in a durable, sealed polycarbonate housing - maximizes durability

You can learn more about TDT5 here.

I'm not in BC, Canada. Can I buy and obtain support for GroPoint products locally?

GroPoint has dealers in several international locations as well as across Canada. You can find your local dealer on the Dealers page.

GroPoint products are also sold online and we offer several self-help support resources, as well as unlimited support via phone, email and online chat.

What is the area of influence for the sensor?

The GroPoint Pro sensor measures the average of soil moisture and bulk soil electrical conductivity along its active length about 15 cm (6"), which is 3 cm (1.25") from the top and 2.5 cm (1") from the bottom of the sensor, whether the sensor is installed vertically or horizontally. Under most conditions, the sensor’s active range extends about 10 cm (4") out from the side of the sensor, and 2.5 cm (1") from the tip.

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Log soil data from up to 10 SDI-12 sensors for up up to a year on standard household batteries. This simple data logger is no-frills, but effective and reliable.

Retrieve data from one or multiple in-situ probes wirelessly, using your smartphone.

Extend the standard 5m cable of your GroPoint sensor. Choose the additional length to add to the standard 5 m length.

Weight: 38 g/m | 0.026 lb/ft


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