Maintaining healthy almonds with wireless soil moisture data
Owner of Frederick’s Farms (Ripon, CA) - an 88 acres almonds, walnuts, vineyards orchards - and Process Ag Tech, a technology system integrator that collects data from multiple sensors and integrates them into a single platform. Murray correlates rain events with soil moisture levels to better understand about absorption and capillary behavior of blossoming trees - helping to define the correct irrigation events based on soil moisture data.
“There is a huge need to learn how to better irrigate and control the consumption of water"
Matt Murray, Fredericks Farms & Process Tech Ag
- 88 acres almond orchard
- Located at Central Valley (CA)
- Enriching soil moisture readings, by integrating data on rain events
- Measuring at 30 cm (1ft) & 60 cm (2ft) depths
- Connectivity Provider: The Things Network
Get to the root of the data
The Sensoterra probes are wireless, IoT based technology, which allows for flexible placement across all fields. Installation is done within minutes, with a scan & hammer process, thanks to their robust and simple design."You can hammer them straight down into the ground. It is simple, a lot of people try to overcomplicate a lot of these sensors that are going into the ground,” says Murray.
He's already seeing concrete results for the 2019 season. Correlating rain events with soil moisture levels helps him understand the soil absorption and capillary behavior of blossoming trees - helping to define the correct irrigation events based on soil moisture data.
"As an industry, we need to improve the efficiency of the data collected in the field and to make better irrigation decisions.”
His expectations for 2019 include integrating weather data along with Sensoterra soil moisture data for irrigation events. Enabling growers to make smart data-driven decisions, and provide insights into water consumption.