Feeding the world requires smarter irrigation
As water resource management grows more complex, the cost of water increases and humanity’s food consumption soars to an all-time high, optimizing crop yields through efficient irrigation is becoming crucial.
That’s why two Brigham Young University environmental scientists, Dr. Neil Hansen and Dr. Bryan Hopkins, Dr. Ryan Smith from Missouri A&T, and a team of researchers are using the latest in satellite, drone, and IoT technology, including ZENTRA Cloud, to work with one tech-savvy commercial grower and his variable rate irrigation center pivot to understand how to maximize his potato crop yield.
Dr. Colin Campbell explains why this grower combines water content AND water potential (also called soil water tension or matric potential) measurements to know exactly when, where, and how much to water to increase yield and quality.
Visualizing near-real-time water content and water potential data using ZL6 loggers and ZENTRA Cloud can provide the scientists and the grower the information they need to irrigate the potato field, the greens, the tee boxes, and the fairways at different optimum levels.
Small problems never become big problems
Near-real-time soil moisture data also alert the scientists and grower to potential problems, such as a broken sprinkler head, which might otherwise go unnoticed. Remote device management means they can set up and manage their sensors and data logger from the comfort of their office.
Learn more about why this grower measures both soil water content and soil water potential for higher yield and quality.