Probes and sensors to control the irrigation of all types of crops, especially in intensive agriculture, reaching levels of water savings from 10% to 40%.
Probes and sensors in irrigation control
Technology has come to agriculture to stay for a myriad of reasons. The most important is saving water, due to the current problems of drought and for reasons of quality and quantity of the collected product.
Of all the technologies applied to the field of agri-food, the most forgotten section is soil control, at this point the comes in. Plantae technology with probes and sensors to control subsoil humidity, conductivity and temperature. The probes and sensors are adapted to the type of soil and the depth of the root system.
Importance of precision agriculture
All advances in precision technology for agri-food are essential at the present time, especially in intensive agriculture, applied to all types of crops. We have already collected in several articles the control of crops with technology:
- Internet use.
- Analysis of data.
- Satellite images.
- The terrain mapping.
- The use of probes and sensors.
Our company is not the only one that echoes all these advances, the «Platform earth» makes an interesting article compiling all this information and highlighting the progress of the startup Plantae in the national and international market.
Probes and sensors in intensive agriculture
As detailed in the «earth» article, our company is a pioneer in soil humidity, conductivity and temperature control, especially in intensive crops, highlighting the installation of 160 sensors in super intensive olive tree from «Alentejo» in Portugal, the main reason is saving irrigation water from the largest dam in Europe providing water supply to 57,000 hectares.
This is probably the solution that we should promote in our country, the installation of aquifers and reservoirs that allow intensive plantations. The current water policy is not being managed well, and this affects the production of certain crops such as the Spanish olive grove and in general in all intensive agriculture, which needs more controlled water due to the increase in the number of plants per square meter.
Good management of irrigation water and good control with probes and sensors means that production increases and we achieve sustainable and quality agriculture, according to the current moment.
All the information on irrigation control is collected on the Web platform that the farmer can access from his mobile or tablet, configuring alerts and observing reports and graphs that indicate the status of the farm at all times.
The crop is supervised without the need to travel
Water management in agriculture
Nobody questions the need to increase production worldwide due to the increase in population and in Spain we have the climatic conditions that allow an increase in intensive agriculture, but water management between communities is necessary.
According to the FAO, fresh water is sufficient but it is poorly managed, it is necessary to seek mechanisms that control crops to save them and at the same time increase production.
If the appropriate socio-economic incentives are in place, there are still large ‘bridgeable’ gaps in yield (i.e. differences between agro-ecologically achievable yield and actual yield) that could be exploited. Fears that yields are plateauing do not appear justified, except in a very few special cases.".FAO
Spain has 1,225 large dams, over 15 meters high, although lately some have been demolished for ecological reasons. The dams make it possible to regulate the use of water and control its course, favoring irrigation in the border area. Spain is the fifth country in the world in aquifer resources. Therefore, our intensive and super-intensive agriculture is possible and saving irrigation water too
The estimated amount of water in agriculture is 72% according to studies Ministry of Agriculture of the agri-food sector, therefore we must guarantee sustainable water resources that meet the objectives of circular agriculture, making the most of it, avoiding evaporation and at the same time giving the plant the water it needs. needs to.
Currently, the National Irrigation Table and the Irrigation Sustainability Observatory are being prepared, of which we attach their draft, with the aim of improving and efficiency of irrigation sustainability. Another purpose of the decree is that the State and the autonomies have an exchange of information.
Summary of the main functions of the irrigation table:
- Water saving, where the irrigation probes and sensors will play a fundamental role.
- The digitization of farms.
- Monitoring of structures and information on innovations in the sector.
Department of agriculture