Growers have relied on gut instinct and field inspections to tell them when to water their vegetable crops. Yet with climate change threatening and persistent drought in many growing areas, growers need better information to help guide them to better precision around vegetable crop irrigation and good soil management decisions. According to a recent study published in the journal Nature Climate Change, the Western U.S. and Northern Mexico are experiencing their driest period in at least 1,200 years. With groundwater resources already depleted, this means farmers need to look for innovative new ways to carefully allocate this scarce resource.
Use less, make more profits
Yes, it can be done and studies have proven it works. To optimize your profits when growing vegetables, managing your inputs effectively is key. You want to apply an adequate amount of inputs, but you don’t want to go too high. Historically, most farmers are slightly risk adverse and would rather slightly over apply inputs “just to be safe”, because it is well-known that under-application will result in poor crop yields. However, in reality, it’s neither practical nor cost-effective to over apply inputs when you are growing vegetables. Particularly, as water resources become increasingly constrained, and the risks of nutrient run-off become more apparent, it’s time to think of ways to hit yield targets without over-watering or over-applying nutrients.
With climate change threatening and persistent drought in many growing areas, growers need better information to help guide them to make informed decisions about vegetable crop irrigation.
Watch this video to see how Crophesy is used to provide growers with the timely and accurate data they need to make good decisions for their plants.