The Toro Precision Soil Sensor won the Irrigation Association’s New Product Contest (Turf and Landscape category) at Irrigation Show 2012 in Orlando, Fla. Toro’s Precision Soil Sensor continuously measures moisture levels in the soil, and determines when to allow the irrigation controller to water, maximizing the efficiency of your irrigation system. There are 2 “wireless” components to the system — a receiver that hooks up to the irrigation controller, and a sensor that installs in the ground. Once installed, the sensor calibrates itself automatically to determine the soil type. Any time the moisture level exceeds the user-defined optimum level for the plant material, the controller is prevented from running any irrigation programs. This prevents unneeded watering and provides the possibility for significant water savings. Communication between the sensor probe and the receiver is completely wireless, with an operating range of up to 500 feet. Installation doesn’t require any digging so the soil is left undisturbed, allowing the sensor to take accurate moisture readings starting as soon as it’s put in the ground.