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South America Soil Moisture Sensor Market - Forecasts from 2021 to 2026

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  • 92 Pages
  • December 2021
  • Knowledge Sourcing Intelligence LLP
  • ID: 5547506
The South-America soil moisture sensor market is estimated to be valued at US$6.215 million in 2019. The soil moisture sensor is used to measure the volumetric water content of the soil. These sensors can be stationary or portables such as handheld probes. Stationary sensors are placed at predetermined locations and depths in the field, whereas portable soil moisture probes can measure soil moisture at several locations.

Market Drivers

The free-market economy of South America from the 1990s has boasted sectors such as agriculture, mining, forestry, industry, and others. These economic sectors have been adopting modern mechanizations to improve their productivity. Agriculture in this region has been dichotomized between small-scale subsistence farming and large-scale mono-crop operations producing for profit. The growth of agriculture accounting for an average of 4.7% of GDP in 2015-17 (Source: FAO), is a key driver behind the soil moisture sensor market. Moreover, the construction sector has been gaining strength with market attractiveness increasing and the demand for machinery and equipment growing upward, which has assisted the growth of the soil moisture sensor market.

By country, Brazil dominates the market because of the growth of agriculture and rapid urbanization development. By type, water potential sensors are widely used owing to the large construction projects. By application, the agricultural sector has been adopting modern mechanizations in the region which is pushing the market ahead.

Growth Factors

Growth of the agriculture sector

The Latin American region's land represents 15% of the earth's surface, receives 30% of precipitation, and generates 33% of the world's water, making the region a great world reserve of arable land and forests (Source: FAO). The region has been associated with the production and export of a diverse range of agricultural commodities, like coffee from Brazil and Colombia, bananas from Ecuador, cashew, avocado, pineapple, papaya, and guava among others. These agricultural products are exported which is a major stream for forex reserves. To increase productivity, irrigation has been focused on. The irrigation facilities are closely dependent on soil moisture sensors which are prompting the growth of the market.

Water scarcity and climate crisis

The water crises in the South American countries especially in the urban center have led to severe protest and tension. The chronic water shortages and control over access to fresh water in Columbia, Ecuador, Brazil, Chile, and Peru highlight grieve issues. Moreover, climatic changes like droughts, minimal rainfall, owing to pollution, and deforestation have intensified the cause. The South American region still holds access to several water resources with immense potential. The soil moisture sensor will help assist uncover these resources which will help address the water war. Thus, the market for the sensor has a wide range of opportunities in the region to proliferate.


The soil moisture sensors market in South America is beginning to grow owing to uses in the agriculture and water resource sector. However, the small-scale farmers are unaware of these technological changes and the cost of installing and using these mechanisms is generally high. These factors may limit the growth of the market in the region.

Impact of COVID-19 on the South America Soil Moisture Sensor Market

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) raised its average growth estimate for the region in 2021 to 5.2%, to rebound from the deep contraction of 6.8% registered in 2020 (Source; FAO). The agricultural sector suffered some primary shocks although without critical consequences. The main factors affecting primary production are lack of liquidity, availability of labor and availability and price of agricultural inputs.

Competitive Insights

The market leaders in the South America Soil Moisture Sensor Market are The Toro Company, Irrometer Company Inc., Acclima, Inc., Transcat Inc., Sentek Technologies, Stevens Water Monitoring Systems, Inc., Meter Group Inc., and Campbell Scientific, Inc. The key players in the market implement growth strategies such as product launches, mergers, and acquisitions, etc. to gain a competitive advantage over their competitors. For Instance,
  • The Toro Company had completed its acquisition of privately held firm The Charles Machine Works, Inc., an Oklahoma corporation and the parent company of Ditch Witch and other leading brands in the underground construction market in 2019.


By Type

  • Water Potential Sensor
  • Volumetric Moisture Sensor

By Application

  • Agriculture
  • Construction
  • Sports
  • Research
  • Weather Forecasting
  • Others

By Country

  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Others

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
1.1. Market Overview
1.2. COVID-19 Scenario
1.3. Market Definition
1.4. Market Segmentation
2. Research Methodology
2.1. Research Data
2.2. Assumptions
3. Executive Summary
3.1. Research Highlights
4. Market Dynamics
4.1. Market Drivers
4.2. Market Restraints
4.3. Porter's Five Forces Analysis
4.3.1. Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.3.2. Bargaining Power of Buyers
4.3.3. Threat of New Entrants
4.3.4. Threat of Substitutes
4.3.5. Competitive Rivalry in the Industry
4.4. Industry Value Chain Analysis
5. South America Soil Moisture Sensor Market Analysis, By Type
5.1. Introduction
5.2. Water Potential Sensor
5.3. Volumetric Moisture Sensor
6. South America Soil Moisture Sensor Market Analysis, By Application
6.1. Introduction
6.2. Agriculture
6.3. Construction
6.4. Sports
6.5. Research
6.6. Weather Forecasting
6.7. Others
7. South America Soil Moisture Sensor Market Analysis, By Country
7.1. Introduction
7.2. Brazil
7.3. Argentina
7.4. Others
8. Competitive Intelligence
8.1. Major Players and Strategy Analysis
8.2. Emerging Players and Market Lucrative
8.3. Mergers, Acquisition, Agreements, and Collaborations
8.4. Vendor Competitiveness Matrix
9. Company Profiles
9.1. The Toro Company
9.2. Irrometer Company Inc.
9.3. Acclima, Inc.
9.4. Transcat Inc.
9.5. Sentek Technologies
9.6. Stevens Water Monitoring Systems, Inc.
9.7. Meter Group Inc.
9.8. Campbell Scientific, Inc.

Companies Mentioned

  • The Toro Company
  • Irrometer Company Inc.
  • Acclima, Inc.
  • Transcat Inc.
  • Sentek Technologies
  • Stevens Water Monitoring Systems, Inc.
  • Meter Group Inc.
  • Campbell Scientific, Inc.