Irrigation is a key ally in approaching the potential yield of the area where it occurs. All irrigators know well the benefits of irrigation as well as the problems that it can bring, so how do some producers do to minimize these risks? A stuck pivot, a poorly dimensioned pump, a faulty motor or a disengaged hose can obscure the potentiality of production under irrigation.
Today many producers make use of technology to monitor everything related to the use of irrigation in their lots and not to produce blindly, allowing from the cell phone and from anywhere:
- ● Make water management decisions.
- ● Make staff time more efficient.
- ● Avoid unnecessary trips to the field.
- ● Avoid wasting water and energy, due to periods of failure in irrigation systems.
- ● Calibrate the system during the campaign.
- ● Avoid under-irrigated areas, which could produce possible water stress in some parts of the field, leading to a reduction in yield and quality.
- ● Avoid overwatered areas, which could cause soil aeration problems, sanitary problems, lenticellosis, washing of mobile nutrients, etc.
Technology is incorporated into agricultural production as a key player to maximize marginal income. The improvement in the yields and in the quality of the harvested product undoubtedly speak of a moment of change in the way of producing.
One of the PONCE users , Jose Manuel Linares from La Ciénega SRL (a company headed by his father José Linares) tells us about his experience using monitoring.