Technologies for: Irrigation management

Using soil matric potential for irrigation management on soil grown crops

Soil matric potential sensors are used to provide effective irrigation management of soil grown crops. They are used to advise growers of when irrigation is required and therefore aids growers in their irrigation decision making, resulting in better control of water and fertiliser inputs, improved crop quality and lowering environmental impact. Soil matric potential sensors […]

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Using visible images to adjust the crop coefficient

Crop water needs are related to the development of the crop. In an annual crop, the water needs for crop development are different to the water needs for trees. The difference in development requirements in different zones of the plot water scheduling needs to be adjusted in each zone. Estimating the crop development can be […]

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Application of deficit irrigation in horticulture

Deficit irrigation (DI) is the application of less water than a crop would lose by evapotranspiration. The correct application of DI for a certain crops maximizes the productivity of water, generally with adequate harvest quality; reduces nutrient loss by leaching of the root zone, which results in better groundwater quality and lower fertilizer needs as […]

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Auger method to support irrigation decision management

An auger is used to appreciate soil moisture in the soil horizon explored by the roots. It allows for checking water shortages at the soil surface, and at different soil depths. It is an inexpensive tool (between 40€ and 100€) and extremely easy to use. The auger operates a kind of mini soil profile. Sample’s […]

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