Central pivot irrigations system with radio communicated soil sensor. Picture: Optifert
Moisture sensor in potato field. Picture: Optifert
It’s the mix that makes the difference: Nutrients and water are important factors for soil qualityWithin “OPTIFERT” (http://www.optifert.eu), an EU-funded research project, a consortium led by ttz Bremerhaven is developing a demand-driven, fully automatic and combined irrigation and fertilization system. The partners from Poland, Great Britain, Austria and Germany want to enable farmers to control easily their use of water and fertilizer - in a way which is customized to each specific type of crop. The innovative system reduces water and fertilizer consumption and thus fosters sustainable, efficient and competitive agricultural production in Europe.
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