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SOME USE CASES EXAMPLES 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.
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Use-Cases examples from SupPlant
Vineyards Stress Control for Optimum Quality
In order to run a successful vineyard, farmers must find the ideal balance between yield and quality.
The key to creating this balance lies in irrigation; the vine must receive adequate irrigation in order to grow, but too much irrigation will result in diluted grapes and a low-quality end-product.
SupPlant’s soil and irrigation sensors monitor both the state of the vine and soil texture, as well as autonomously controlling irrigation in order to maintain the ideal conditions needed to grow a superior crop. SupPlant solutions allow farmers to maximize yield without compromising on quality.Click here to read the full Use Case
Irrigation Management for Oranges
Saving water while improving citrus fruit yields seems near impossible, but with SupPlant’s autonomous irrigation systems, this seeming impossibility becomes a reality.
Using information gathered from sensors, the system accounts for soil texture, weather changes, and more to ensure crops receive the appropriate amount of irrigation.
The system has been tested on a large variety of citrus trees and has proven to be a highly effective way of growing hardy, resilient trees that produce high-quality fruit. The system has been successfully applied to clementines, lemons, oranges, and grapefruit. Data gathered from a study done on an Orange Late Navel plot in Australia revealed that with SupPlant’s solution, the trees continued to grow to a larger diameter than the control group. Additionally, the fruit produced was of a higher quality.Click here to read the full Use Case
Growth-Based Irrigation in Mango
Mango trees are known for their pattern of Alternate Bearing, in which the yield alternates between being large and small.
After a small yield, the trees can take up to 4 years to return to their previous high yield. This causes many commercial difficulties for farmers. SupPlant’s autonomous irrigation systems are proven to lead to a more regulated yield pattern while significantly reducing the amount of water needed.
With SupPlant’s growth-based irrigation (GBI) system in place, mango fields showed higher regularity in yield levels. With autonomous irrigation in place, low yields weren’t as low as usual and returned to normal within a shorter time period.Click here to read the full Use Case
Phyto Monitoring of Cannabis
With climate change leading to increasingly erratic weather patterns, farmers are struggling to create irrigation regimens that can account for environmental factors and sudden weather changes.
Overwatering plants can affect the quality of the final product and under watering can lead to a smaller yield. Cannabis plants are particularly difficult to regulate as they are impacted by so many factors.
An experiment conducted by SupPlant indicated that although overall crop yield is not significantly affected by irrigation, the types and percentages of cannabinoids found in the plant are. So while quantity may not be greatly affected by irrigation in cannabis’ case, a quality most definitely is. With SupPlant’s autonomous irrigation technology, cannabis growers can regulate the irrigation that their plants receive to achieve the desired concentration of cannabinoidsClick here to read the full Use Case
Irrigation Management for Olives
Olive oil has been recognized for the many health benefits it brings, which increases demand. There are, however, a lot of unknowns regarding the irrigation requirements of this fruit.
As they survive extremely well under low water conditions, they are often grown under rain conditions alone and little is known about their irrigation needs.
To ensure a high-quality crop, an irrigation regime must be developed. With SupPlant’s growth-based irrigation (GBI) technology, sensors monitor the soil texture and irrigation. Using the data collected, the system autonomously creates an irrigation procedure based on the plants’ current requirements.
There is currently a substantial worldwide phenomenon of conversion of traditional rain-fed orchards to irrigation. However, current knowledge regarding the best practices for irrigation and fertigation of olives, especially regarding aspects of yield, oil quality, and environmental pollution, is severely limited. Compared with other crops, olives are quite tolerant of low water availability. In other parts of the world, olive trees are often cultivated under rain conditions only.Click here to read the full Use Case
Wine Grapes Controlled Irrigation
Climate change has left wine grape growers struggling with unpredictable weather patterns in recent years. This means that farmers must constantly monitor the irrigation of their vines.
SupPlant aims to provide farmers with solutions that can help them manage the growing water challenges grape growers are faced with.
SupPlant’s GBI, or growth-based irrigation system, has succeeded in allowing farmers to produce stronger, higher quality vines while adjusting irrigation to accommodate unpredictable weather. The autonomous irrigation system is the first of its kind and has proven to improve grape quality while conserving water.
SupPlant’s GBI system controlled irrigation autonomously of the BVSAB13 Sauvignon Blanc block throughout the 2017/18 irrigation season, dynamically adapting to the phenological and climatological variations.Click here to read the full Use Case
Plant Sensing in Blueberry
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 its 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 may appear short-term frosts, which can lead to damage.Click here to read the full Use Case