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Accepted article: Evaluation of the Acclima True TDR-315 by the USDA - Agricultural Research Service

2015 November
Peer reviewed article showing showing the results of Dr. Robert Schwartz' evaluation of the Acclima True TDR-315. The conclusion of this study is that the TDR-315 is as accurate as a conventional TDR using a Tektronix cable tester. We here at Acclima find this report interesting in view of the fact that the Acclima TDR-315 is much less expensive and easier to use than conventional TDR.


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POSTER: Evaluation of the Acclima True TDR-315 by the USDA - Agricultural Research Service

2015 November
Poster showing showing the results of Dr. Robert Schwartz' evaluation of the Acclima True TDR-315. The conclusion of this study is that the TDR-315 is as accurate as a conventional TDR using a Tektronix cable tester. We here at Acclima find this report interesting in view of the fact that the Acclima TDR-315 is much less expensive and easier to use than conventional TDR.


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Effect of Temperature & Salinity on the Precision & Accuracy of Landscape Irrigation Soil Moisture Sensor Systems

2014 November
Abstract summarizes an article comparing several soil moisture sensor based irrigation systems to determine their reliability under different soil salinity and temperature conditions. It reports that, "Acclima resulted in the most robust and reliable system, with no practical reading variations when exposed to different combinations of temperatures and salinities." The competing systems were said to be sensitive to high salinity and/or high temperature, "making their use more difficult in extreme or changing situations."

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Researchers Work to Optimize Water Productivity

2014 December
This article gives an update on the continued research and development efforts by the USDA and Acclima, Inc. in producing a Wave-guide On Access Tube (WOAT). The WOAT is an extremely accurate soil water content monitoring probe that monitors the soil contiguously from the surface down to whatever it's depth is. The depth can range from one to three meters.

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Soil Moisture Sensors Provide a Dramatic Reduction in Irrigation Water Usage

2013 December
Case study published in Everything About Water that reports on the dramatic water savings achieved by an irrigation consulting firm in California using Acclima technology.

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Two Approaches for Optimizing Water Productivity

2013 April
Article from Agricultural Research that talks about Acclima's and the USDA / ARS's cooperative effort to bring new, easy-to-use, and low cost water-saving technology to farmers while maintaining good crop yields

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Sensing Success

2009 December
A nursery grower decides to take the plunge in landscape-irrigation innovation.

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Smart lawns cut water use

2009 June
This article, available for a fee from the Miami Herald archives, mentions that Miami-Dade county selected Acclima technology to help residents to make efforts to curb water waste.

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SWAT Away Wasted Water

2009 February New technologies to control and moderate crop water use have emerged in the past decade and are increasing crop yields. A study published in September 2008 by the Pacific Institute, More with Less: Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency in California-A Special Focus on the Delta, reviews the research and, in particular, analyzes four scenarios for improving water use efficiency: modest crop shifting, smart irrigation scheduling, advanced irrigation management, and efficient irrigation technology.

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Moisture Control - Not Just for Skin Anymore

2008
A moisture controller is a really a tool to measure the moisture content of soil. Soil moisture controllers are designed to bypass the scheduled automatic irrigation system timer if the soil water content is above a certain moisture level. The sensor is buried is the root zone and checks the soil water content to eliminate over watering which waste water and money. Rain shut- off devices are a related product that reduce unnecessary lawn watering.

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Soil-Moisture Sensors may produce big water savings for homeowners, UF study shows

2007 November
"The cost is changing rapidly. A few years back, a $400 list price and about $100 to install was common, but now we're seeing products in the $100 to $200 range," he said. A typical Florida yard would require one sensor, though larger landscapes would likely need more. To get the biggest savings, the irrigation system and the sensors must be in good repair, well designed and properly installed, Dukes said."