Grower receives advance warning if soil becomes dry

Grower receives advance warning if soil becomes dry

Thanks to sensors, growers can see in real time whether the soil of their crops grow is moist enough. But that actually means they are always just a little too late: if the soil is too dry, there can already be potential damage. The Business Unit Greenhouse Horticulture and Flower Bulbs of Wageningen University & Research is developing a system that predicts whether the water content in the soil will drop below a certain threshold in the coming hour. If necessary, the grower will receive an early warning, for example by e-mail.

The system uses moisture sensors and artificial intelligence (AI) to predict the quantity of water in the substrate or the soil. Based on historical data, an algorithm learns how the amount of water develops due to moisture absorption by the crop and possible evaporation. These insights are combined with the real-time measurements by the sensors.

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