Water Sensors Advance in Technology
See how water sensor technology is advancing and moving into new areas to continue to deliver more value to those in the ag industry.
Water sensors are an important part of technology advancements on the farm, helping growers and producers to save money and conserve water. The benefits and savings are not ending there, however, according to a FarmPress.com article. The technology of water sensors is continuing to advance, to the benefit of those in ag. See details below.
Advancements in Water Sensors
Water sensors have been tasked with monitoring the water in the soil around crops and delivering that information digitally to farmers. Advancements include:
- Enhancing the water sensor’s supporting software platform to deliver more information to users.
- Adding electrical conductivity (EC) measurements to manage irrigation.
- Adding sensing capabilities to optimize fertilizer application and use.
- Ability to build a farm soil profile based on information it gathers from irrigation or rain events.
- Satellite connectivity.
- Getting soil and water data from multiple depths.
According to the article “EC readings can indicate the amount of water and water-soluble nutrients available for plant uptake in the soil. As EC rises, soil microorganism activity can decline, which impacts key soil processes including respiration, residue decomposition, nitrification and denitrification.” The article maintains that company testing of the water sensors alone “produced 16% to 24% more yield on the same or less water,” and that the new advancements will push those numbers even higher.
Griffin Fertilizer is committed to helping both growers and ranchers make sound agronomic and economic decisions in order to maximize the health of their grove and pasture. As a full-service custom dry & liquid fertilizer blender and crop protection product distributor, we will continue our mission to further advance Florida agriculture. For questions or concerns about your farm or pasture, contact us and one of our team will be in touch.