Part of being successful as a grower involves understanding your soil condition. The best way to do this is to use a variety of technologies designed to provide you with an in-depth look at different factors like soil composition, moisture level, and fertility. In fact, remote sensing is one of several agriculture solutions that can improve the way farmers utilize soil enhancements.
Benefits of Remote Sensing in Agriculture
Farmers who have not yet incorporated remote sensing into their farm irrigation systems may be missing out on some exciting benefits. It’s one of several modern farming methods that allow for improved precision, thereby increasing yield, saving money, and even reducing the labor cost. Remote sensing can:
- Assist with identifying soil type;
- Provide information about soil fertility;
- Determine soil pH and salinity, which is vital for improving yield with certain types of crops;
- Assist in monitoring crop health;
- Provide vital information about soil moisture content
How Remote Sensing and Soil Amendments Increase Water Use Efficiency
Soil amendments are designed to improve the soil condition and moisture balance in the soil. Though they can have a tremendous impact on precision farming abilities, particularly when it comes to irrigation methods and frequency, being able to monitor the soil regularly and in real time allows for the better application and use of soil moisture management products, like AquiMax®. For example, if soil remains relatively dry after the application of a soil conditioner, farmers may find that a higher concentration of material may be necessary. Conversely, if the soil seems excessively wet, reducing the amount of soil amendment application would save money and enhance crop growth.
Remote Sensing, Soil Amendments, and Water Conservation
Combination of soil moisture retention products and soil surfactants can save a tremendous amount of water by optimizing the amount of water needed for irrigation. Simply add water at the right schedule can save up to 30% of the water a farmer might otherwise use throughout the growing season and cover more field area using extra available water. Soil moisture management technology allows plant root zone to maintain more available moisture, and it allows those crops to uptake water from the root zone as they need it. When farmers can accurately measure the amount of moisture in the soil, and when soil amendments safeguard the moisture and release it on demand, farmers can conserve a large amount of water, which is critical to the crops and the environment.
Though soil moisture management products can certainly assist growers to optimize their operation efficiency, energy usage and labor cost all while improving water conservation and improving yield. Farmers who are interested in making the most of their soil moisture management products and using them to their full capabilities will find that remote sensing features can do just that. Combining these modern farming technologies with today’s existing farm irrigation systems is one of the best ways to accelerate production all while saving time and money.