The Yara Water Solution enables farmers to irrigate on-demand and to save 20-30% of water.
The Yara Water Solution forms part of the Farm Management System offered by Yara.
The Yara Water-Sensor assesses the water status of the crop by measuring the pressure of the leaf, and the irrigation recommendations are accessible via the Premium Engagement portal for Yara – MyYara.
Yara’s R&D departments carry out ongoing trial work to improve the crop specific calibrations that exist currently, and increase the range of options for use.
The result? Farmers will save water, energy, reduce tree maintenance and
sustain maximum yield.
How does the Yara Water Solution work?
With increased water scarcity and agriculture consuming 70% of the global freshwater resources, the demand for new agricultural solutions keeps growing. Precision agriculture/crop sensing technology increases nutrient and water use efficiency.
The Yara Water-Sensor measures changes in the leaf turgor pressure in real time.
Yara has developed a continuous, non-destructive and remote measurement of plant water status in real time via the Internet. This allows you to apply water on demand to optimize the resources, while maintaining production quality and quantity.
The Yara Water-Sensor measures the relative changes in the leaf’s turgor pressure – or “water” / “blood” pressure of the plant - together with other microclimate parameters.
As the turgor pressure is the driving force for plant growth and fruit production, proper water management is important. If a plant is not able to access enough water, it cannot maintain turgor pressure and it will begin to wilt.
Turgor pressure is the pressure caused by fluid pushing against the cell wall of plant cells. It is needed to keep the plant’s rigidness to stand straight and continue normal cellular functions.
The Yara Water Solution for citrus - up to 20% water savings during the period of maximum demand (from June until October) - same yield
The information/data are sent wirelessly in real-time to Yara’s premium engagement portal, MyYara. The data is then run through a calculation tool which interprets the information and provides a water application recommendation. Based on the actual Yara Water-Sensor readings and our calibration trials, the crop water status and the crop-specific irrigation recommendations are now accessible via desktop, laptop, or smart phone using a standard web browser.
- Savings in water consumption up to 20%
- Save energy
- Reductions in tree maintenance
- Boost yield up to 15%
- Improve crop quality
The Yara Water Solution is currently calibrated for:
The irrigation recommendation given by the system is crop specific and validated.
Work is ongoing for calibrations of additional crops such as:
- Pome Fruits
- Stone Fruits (incl. Almonds)