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Soil Penetrometer: HyPen1

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Hydraulic gauge is mounted in front of handles for easy viewing. Plastic handles for comfort & better grip. Depth marks at 3 intervals along 18" stainless steel rod. 1cm2 base cone removable tip. Range: 0-1000 psi.

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Soil Penetrometer: HyPen1

Features a hydraulic gauge that is mounted in front of the handles for easy viewing. Plastic handles for comfort & better grip. Depth marks at 3” intervals along 18" stainless steel rod. 1cm2 base cone removable tip. Range: 0-1000 psi.

The Hypen1 soil penetrometer is used to test the compaction levels of the soil. It has a detailed color coded gauge that lets you see the resistance of your soil based on how much pressure is needed to break through the soil. The ideal resistance of your top soil should be less than 200psi. You can keep this number in mind and see how far you can push the penetrometer whilst maintaining less than 200 psi in pressure to push the penetrometer through. If you take a reading of more than 200 psi for your top soil then you may have hard, compacted soil and hardpan which can be a very expensive problem for the farmer in the following ways:

  • Water standing in fields delays planting.
  • Delayed planting is a delayed harvest.
  • May Stunt root growth to Reduces yields.
  • Increases fuel costs from trying to break up hard soils.
  • Adds stress on equipment.
  • Poor seed germination.
  • Poor root growth.
  • Less air getting to the roots.

If you are able to diagnose that you have a compacted soils problem using a penetrometer, then you can take measures to fix the problem by loosening and aerating your soil which will lead to.

  • Easier tillage.
  • Quicker seed emergence.
  • Allows more air to get to the roots.
  • Improved root growth (by breaking up compaction).
  • Reduction in erosion.
  • More uniform stands.
  • Increased microbial activity, essential in providing healthy soils.
  • Detoxifying soil for improved plant health.
  • Improved water movement for reduced fungus problems.
  • Less wear on equipment.
  • Save on fuel.
  • A more mellow loose soil.

Pike Agri-Lab Supplies soil penetrometer is one of the single most important tools for determining the the quality of their soils.