Monitoring soil water content is crucial to help growers optimize production, preserve water, reduce environmental impacts in soil and water bodies, and save money.
Smart farming has been transforming agriculture. The capability of the Internet of Things (IoT) technology to transform physical objects into smart objects brings a revolutionary age to precision agriculture. Together with LoRa connectivity, the share of information has been simplified and, consequently, amplified to drones, GIS information, sensors precision, and many other technical devices.
The monitoring of soil water content is crucial to help growers on optimizing production, preserve water, reduce environmental impacts in soil and water bodies, and save money.
Sensoterra probes are specialized in soil moisture monitoring for agriculture, horticulture, smart cities solutions, and landscaping activities. A wireless, affordable, easy-to-install sensor, designed for all types of crops and soils, structured to provide the best balance between water and soil. By collecting hourly soil moisture measurements, growers can make smart irrigation decision to improve soil moisture conditions, resulting in yield increases as well as water savings from up to 10-30%.
The use of sensors to measure soil moisture is integrated into multiple production phases as well as being influential to several cost management steps.
Sensoterra probes can be implemented on revenue and cost processes. In order to achieve revenue increase, the sensors are largely used for field management – to provide greater soil moisture conditions by optimizing irrigation schedule.
Followed by planting and fertilization improvements for better control of soil health, preventing over- or under-irrigation. Over-irrigation can increase energy consumption as well as result in leaching of fertilizers below the root zone, groundwater or even runoff to water bodies. While under-irrigation reduces crop yield. As a consequence, the alignment between better soil health and greater control over crop dynamics and variations allow growers to implement precision during harvest timing.
On the other hand, cost management has been a challenge among farmers. Profitability demands precision irrigation management. Fertilizers control, seed rates, and chemical inputs are a big financial ask for many growers, however, water is a key factor for a more crop per drop approach. For a visible decrease in costs, farmers should invest in risk reduction, and this can only be achieved with soil moisture monitoring. In this sense, Sensoterra probes also help on reducing waste throughout multiple key points in the crop cycle.
During machine management phase, Sensoterra probes – when adjusting soil moisture levels – can potentially reduce the amount of irrigation necessary (drip and overhead) up to 60%, consequently, reducing uptime (by 85%) and extra optimization tools such as neutron moisture meter, electrical resistance blocs, etc. Moving in the same direction, Sensoterra probes can also provide lower expenses with logistics: once soil moisture balance is achieved, fewer machines are necessary for use, in addition to straightforward data, which facilitates uptime and optimization.
Sensoterra is a pioneering leader in the field of wireless soil moisture sensors, offering cutting-edge IoT soil moisture sensor solutions for smart agriculture. Our state-of-the-art Sensoterra soil moisture sensors are at the forefront of agriculture IoT, providing unparalleled soil moisture monitoring capabilities.
Our commitment to precision agriculture technology allows farmers to make informed decisions, optimize their irrigation systems, and embrace sustainable farming solutions. With Sensoterra, access to real-time soil moisture data is at your fingertips, enabling precise water management and water resource management for your agricultural operations.
Sensoterra, established in 2015, with its headquarters in Houten, The Netherlands, develops water management solutions for agriculture/horticulture, smart city management, and water governance. Sensoterra has over 12,000 sensors in the ground globally, and generates hundreds of thousands of data points for smart water management, daily. Learn more at www.sensoterra.com
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