Plant Sensing in Blueberries
Farmers are constantly looking for ways to increase their yield without sacrificing the quality of their crops. Erratic weather has further complicated the situation, making it difficult for farmers to accurately assess their crops’ irrigation needs. Blueberries are especially vulnerable to outside air temperatures, making monitoring air temperature a crucial part of blueberry growth.
Additionally, other factors need to be monitored such as soil salinity and moisture. All these factors must be taken into account when creating an irrigation regimen for the plant in order to avoid damaging the crop. SupPlant’s sensors can obtain this data and can irrigate plants with their autonomous irrigation systems while accounting for these various factors.
Blueberries are grown both in the winter-spring period with low air temperatures and in the summer-autumn with relatively high temperatures. In the winter-spring period short-term frosts may occur, these can damage the crop.
Ripe blueberries can be damaged at an air temperature below minus 10oC. In the summer-autumn period, an increase in temperatures above the optimum temperature-(night 16oC, daytime 20- 26oC), can lead to overheating of plants and a decrease in photosynthesis. However, the air temperature does not remain constant and can vary greatly.
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