From SupPlant's professionals
PROFESSIONAL TIPS FROM SupPlant
SupPlant’s technology is helping farmers across the world by providing them with crucial, data-driven information and monitoring their plants’ irrigation and growth.
SupPlant is proud of its agronomists and we see it as a mission to share tips and advice to farmers all around the world.
Tips from SupPlant's Professionals
Veraison in Vineyards
One of the main challenges in wine production is to reach harvest with an optimal relationship between berries’ yield and quality.
This subtle relationship is controlled solely by proper irrigation management; good plant development must be allowed to ensure a healthy vineyard during the season, but irrigation must also be restricted so as not to excessively dilute the berries, which can decrease wine quality.
This is especially critical after Veraison, which is probably reached in most varieties in the northern hemisphere…Click here to read more about Veraison in Vineyards
Do you know how to irrigate during a heatwave?
During a heatwave, our plants obviously demand more water than usual but knowing how much more to irrigate or when is very challenging.
At SupPlant, we developed a method that combines data from soil and plant sensors with online meteorological predictions to autonomously prepare your crops for the coming heatwave in advance, and irrigate correctly before and during the heatwave.Click here to read more about how to irrigate during a heatwave
Are your fruits cracking up just before harvest?
It’s mostly about irrigation!
In soil-grown plants, it’s important to maintain a balanced irrigation regime. In high-water stress situations, the plant will increase its water-soluble solids content in order to pull water harder. That’s why rain or moving from a water-stressed situation to large irrigation can create a fast influx of water that may crack open fruits that are in their sensitive ripening stage. With that in mind, maybe you shouldn’t skip irrigations before the rain in the late-ripening stages when you are worried about cracking.
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If you thought that after more than 250 mm rain in three days during the beginning of the winter you can stop worrying about irrigating your citrus, avocados, or other persistent orchards for several weeks, you’re wrong!
The GBI algorithm that SupPlant applies in different species all around the world also deals with these and other special situations.Click here to read more about Post-Rain Irrigation
Flood Irrigation vs. Modern Irrigation Methods
Did you know that about 90% of the world’s irrigated areas still use surface irrigation?
Flood irrigation is the oldest form of irrigation and has been used by farmers since ancient times. The efficiency of surface irrigation is estimated at about 40% while other modern irrigation methods can reach up to 80% efficiency and even more. That means that we can almost double the water available for agriculture by abandoning this old and inefficient irrigation technique and move to more water-saving, modern methods. This will require the involvement of officials and international organizations in collaboration with companies that develop water management technologies in order to make these technologies accessible all the way to the small farmer…Click here to read more about Flood Irrigation vs. Modern Irrigation Methods
Late Season Fertilization
Late season fertilization is very important to deciduous fruits. In the early spring, when trees begin to flower and bloom, there is a high demand for nutrients.
However, soil temperatures may still below, so the roots may not be fully active and nutrient absorption from the soil may be slow. In this case, the supply of nutrients to developing flowers and leaves comes mainly from nutrients that were stored in the tree trunk and branches in the previous season. It is important to fill up these storages after harvest when there is no more demand for nutrients from the fruits so they can be available for the waking tree in the spring.Click here to read more about Late Season Fertilization
Did you know you can predict your plant’s behavior by measuring a unit called “degree days”?
Plant development is dependent on environmental temperature, and between a crop-specific minimal temperature up to a maximal temperature, their development is quite linear. It takes a specific amount of heat to get the seed from germination to the first true leaf, then another amount of heat from there to flowering, and so on… Degree days represent the number of daily hours above a certain temperature and can be calculated and summed up in order to predict when a crop will reach a certain growth stage. In today’s changing climatic conditions, degree days can explain a lot of the changes we see in crops’ behavior and help us predict how they will behave in the future.Click here to read more about Degree Days
Olives for Olive Oil
Olive growers, this tip is for you!
Irrigating olives close to harvest, and oil extraction are a tricky business.
Usually, olive oil mills are most effective when the water content in the fruit is in the 50-55% area. Maintaining this fine balance through irrigation is important when desiring both high extraction efficiency and high-quality olive oil. Too little water will stress the trees and lead to olives with low water content; in the oil mill, such olives will be hard to process and may yield lower quality oil. On the other hand…Click here to read more about Olives for Olive Oil
Double and Deep-Suture Fruits
Did you know that in peaches and nectarine, improper post-harvest irrigation in early-season varieties can lead to subsequent fruit-quality defects such as double and deep-suture fruits in the following season?
During post-harvest, buds’ development and differentiation of flower parts occur. During this time, irrigation is crucial and water stress may lead to these defects. Therefore, it is important to continue regularly scheduled post-harvest irrigation…Click here to read more about Double and Deep-Suture Fruits
Water-Stressed Trees and Mite Attacks
Did you know that water-stressed trees are more susceptible to mite attacks?
This may occur when early season temperatures are higher than normal, resulting in a condition known as “water stress” that the farmer may not even be aware of!
It could also be the result of insufficient irrigation during a hot season, or implementation of RDI (Regulated Deficit Irrigation) techniques without constantly monitoring tree status and their stress levels.Click here to read more about Water-Stressed Trees and Mite Attacks
Olive growers – this tip is for you!
For table olive growers, the period between the pit hardening and the harvest is a critical time for reaching large-sized olives. During this time, the fruit’s cells expand in size, and most of the fruit’s growth takes place.
Monitoring the plants’ growth status and preventing water stress is crucial for achieving the desired fruit size and receiving a higher price for it.Click here to read more about Table Olives
Avocado - The Richest Fruit in Potassium
Did you know that avocado is one of the most potassium-rich fruits?
One serving of avocado can contain up to 20% of the recommended daily intake for adults. It is not surprising that avocado trees have a high demand for potassium fertilization(liquid fertilizer). The yearly amount of potassium fertilization can reach up to 300 kg (K2O) per hectare per year, or even more depending on soil and leaf analysis, and on the expected yield.Click here to read more about The Richest Fruit in Potassium