Precision irrigation is an increasingly important management process for horticulturalist, across the globe. With increased demand for both high plant quality and yield, along with the increasing market volatility of chemical input availability, horticulturalist are looking for optimized solutions for irrigation and fertigation processes on their fields.
Sensoterra partner, Verdi Ag, developed a modernized solution to irrigation optimization. They break up large irrigation, and re-build into micro-irrigation management zones. This prevents over- and under-irrigation across a field, using precision irrigation techniques.
Working with orchards and vineyards, Verdi Ag has worked to save an excess of 7 million liters of water in 2022 alone, with this method of precision irrigation. Vineyards are often found on sloping hills, of gravelly mineral rich soils. These soils offer unique profiles of the terroir, but often are lacking in soil moisture retention ability, easily stressing the plant and threatening yield. Growers frequently irrigate to maintain plant growth and quality, but without key data insights, this can be a challenge to perfect.
“We often see that the vines are growing over-vigorously, with the fruit being very large, and the sugar content too high,” says Roman Kozak of Verdi Ag.
By limiting water availability to areas which are over-irrigated, there is a reduction of water waste, and an improvement of fruit quality. And splitting up irrigation from one centralized system to smaller management zones, growers can monitor and optimize activities on a much more precise level. Placing Sensoterra sensors in strategically determined micro-irrigation zones, means improving irrigation needs for the plant, increasing quality and yield.
“One of our customers reduced irrigation by 80%. This improved grape quality, resulting in a marketable price increase three-fold of that of the previous season,” Roman Kozak, Verdi Ag
With improved uniformity, consistency of quality and vigor of the vineyard, optimized irrigation also reduced the likelihood of diseases like powdery mildew, which can spread rapidly in an affected crop. Helping growers gain control of irrigation, benefits the crop, and reduces risks of irrigation induced disease.
Learn more about how precision irrigation can help save water and improve plant yield and quality by visiting www.sensoterra.com.