Deciding when to irrigate and how much water to apply is a challenge. Timing an irrigation event poorly or watering too much or too little can lead to plant growth shutdown from water logging or water stress. The FarmConnect Crop Monitoring solution gives you the visibility you need to make better decisions so you can get more crop per drop.
The solution is simple to install and it’s easy to access up-to-the-minute information on crop water use. The solution involves installing soil moisture sensors connected to solar-powered radio units. Weather stations and rain gauges can also be monitored. The radio units connect to cellar communications networks, making the data available for analysis on web-based software. Because the software is web-based, your data is always online so you can see what’s happening on your farm at anytime from any web-enabled computer or smartphone.
With data recorded every 15 minutes, 24 hours a day, and software with powerful graphing and visualisation tools, your data becomes a powerful information source that you can use to make more informed decisions about when to irrigate and how much water to apply.
Taking the guesswork out of irrigation decision-making empowers you to change your irrigation practices to reduce water use and improve the quality of your crops
By irrigating at the optimal time you reduce waterlogging and water stress so you grow more and higher quality crops.
The difference between deciding when to irrigate based on rules of thumb and making decisions based on up-to-the-minute accurate crop water use information is the difference between guessing and managing. Real information gives you the confidence to extend the intervals between irrigations.
The sophisticated alarms in FarmConnect software inform you of irrigation progress via SMS and alert you if anything goes wrong, so you won’t lose sleep at night.
By reducing tailwater runoff and deep drainage losses, denutrification, polluted drain water and salinification are all reduced reducing costs and helping the environment.
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