Growers can improve their water and nutrients efficiency with a range of tools and strategies, such as:
Innovative irrigation system design
Crop and soil sensor technology
Precision agriculture technology
Decision support tools for water and nutrient management
Existing and emerging technologies offer growers a wide variety of opportunities to make their water and nutrient systems more efficient and effective. For example:
Satellite imagery services and drone mounted sensors are an affordable, rapid analytical tool that can capture a wide range of valuable sensor data including Normalised Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) and spectral reflectance, weather conditions, soil and nutrient conditions, and the water and nutrient needs of your crop.
Remote Sensors can capture in-field variations in water and nutrient requirements, and then communicate those needs to your irrigation and fertiliser systems.
Laser levelling allows your to adjust your farm layout and increase efficiency.
Data Visualisation Software provides an accurate understanding of water use, crop needs, and trading opportunities.
Digital decision support tools can improve irrigation scheduling, increase water uptake, and reduce evaporation losses.
Fertigation permits more flexible scheduling of fertiliser application, allowing growers to deliver nutrients to plants on a needs-only basis, reducing cost and nutrient loss from leaching.