Smart water management beneficial for farmers
Water is essential for agriculture and horticulture. But if it is too much, too little or too dirty this is threatening production.
Drought is an increasing risk for agriculture and horticulture, also in combination with heat stress. Water is used most efficiently by plants that are healthy and have an optimally developed root system. Good soil and careful fertilization are a precondition for healthy crops. There is a close correlation between soil, water and fertilizer.
Our experience is that farmers give too much water too soon. This not only leads to a waste of water, but also a loss of valuable nutrients. By basing the irrigation on soil, moisture loss can be limited. New measurement techniques give insight to farmers. In the meantime, examples are known in which the use of water for crops has been reduced by 70%.
Heavy rains and flooding can lead to structural deterioration and lack of oxygen in the soil. This is at the expense of the product. For potatoes, for example, it is fatal when they are under water for 48 hours.
Water is also a vector for animal and plant diseases. Inundation, therefore, increases the risk of disease.