To optimize the irrigation strategy growers must have a clear understanding of the moisture, drain and EC levels.
“Maintaining the optimal moisture conditions for crops growing in substrate requires a clear understanding of the substrate characteristics, the plant physiology, and the water uptake”, explains Mr. Ziv Omer, DrainVision Product Manager & Agronomist with Paskal.
DrainVision, Paskal’s wireless irrigation monitoring system, provides a deeper insight into the drain performance and water availability, saving water and fertlizers while improving yield quality and quantitiy.
Optimal irrigation strategy throughout the day and along the growing period requires a deep understanding of the growing substrate, plant physiology and the water uptake by the plant. In some cases, improper irrigation practice is implemented, accompanied with excess or shortage of water. “Early detection of the improper irrigation strategy can be recognised and adjusted by analyzing the water content in the substrate in high resolution. Following the online water content in the substrate will improve irrigation efficiency significantly”, explains Mr. Ziv Omer, DrainVision Product Manager & Agronomist with Paskal.
Monitor and adjust irrigation strategy
DrainVision Floor-Scale is a system that enables the grower to monitor and adjust the irrigation strategy to achieve the optimal moisture level in the substrate and potentially save on the high cost of excess drain.
“DrainVision system is suitable for a wide range of crops and different growing media, including rockwool slabs and cubes, cocopeat, potted plants, and also various outdoor crops”, Ziv shows. “The system is simple to maintain, has a competitive price and the data are presented in clear user-friendly graphs”
Optimize your water content in Berries, Cannabis, Leafy vegetables and Nurseries
DrainVision floor-scale weighting system was recently developed by Paskal Monitoring Solutions. The system enables the grower the ability to control water content in the root-zone, improve growth process and reduce fertigation costs, whether your crop is soft-fruits, cannabis, or flowers.
The new system is available in various sizes with high capacity load-cell. Precise monitoring of water content to your plants and substrates is now possible for any type of crop. The system measures the irrigation, drain timing and quantity as well as salinity in the drain.
“We had problems with water flow for a couple of days and the weight of the substrate dropped drastically” says agronomist advisor Zvi Winner from Cropwiz farm, “we thought it takes two or three days to get the substrate saturated again. Unexpectedly, we learned that the substrate weight was still low, which means that DrainVision will save us from a constant lack of water.”
DrainVision floor-scale is a stand-alone system and doesn’t requires any initial preparation, just place the scales on site and you will be able to improve your plants condition immediately.
The collected data is transmitted directly to the cloud and available on-line in a clear and user-friendly platform in any connected device; computer, tablet, or mobile.
Paskal is a manufacturer of innovative monitoring solutions for the horticultural sector. Following research and development by top scientists and technologists, Paskal has already introduced the PhytoVision plants’ growth analysis and the DrainVision for drainage monitoring in soil-less culture. Now the delivery program is extended with Soil Moisture Monitoring a part of the DrainVision range.
Soil Moisture Monitoring
Growing plants in the soil makes it difficult to follow what happened with the irrigation water. Water distribution can be different depending on the type of soil. Dosing too high quantities of irrigation will make the water sink to levels where the plant cannot reach it. When fertilizers are added to the irrigation water, both water and valuable fertilizers are wasted. Too low quantities of water affect the growth of the plant and the development of fruits.
The Soil Moisture Monitor measures the moisture in two levels in order to get a clear view on the distribution of w
ater. The soil moisture sensors are positioned on a depth of 10 cm and 45 cm. Common used technology measured in general on a too small surface, which makes the measurement unreliable. The soil moisture sensors used in the Paskal system are very accurate because they cover a surface of 300 cm² per sensor.
The Soil Moisture Monitor is equipped with an irrigation quantity sensor. This sensor registers the amount of water given by one dripper. In this way the Monitor gives you insight into the amount of water given to the plants and the availability of water in different layers.
Cloud based data
Integrated with the DrainVision technology comes a cloud platform. Your plant’s root moisture level can be followed online from any connected device in clear and easy to read graphs.
The data collected by the wireless monitors are sent to a base station. From this base station, it’s transferred via a GSM module to the cloud server. From the field to your connected device. The cloud-based technology gives you all required input to optimize the use of water and fertilizer. Your irrigation data is accessible anywhere, anytime. It allows you and your consultants to evaluate the irrigation status in real-time and adjust your irrigation strategy accordingly, even when you are miles away.
The Soil Moisture Monitor is specially designed for both indoor and outdoor applications. When there is no power available, the system can be equipped with solar technology. Ideal for installations in open field.
The distance in open field between the Base Station and the Monitors can be more than 1 kilometer when no obstacles block the signal.
The number of connected monitors to one Base Station is unlimited.
This wireless technology guarantees easy installation and commissioning.
Easy to move during the crop cycle and easy to remove when heavy machinery will be used for cultivating the soil during a crop change.
Maintenance is reduced to a minimum, keeping the solar panel clean and in most situations, a regular visual check is sufficient.
Optimization of your plant’s root environment
Plant root systems are better developed when growing in moist soil. Excessive levels of soil moisture, however, can lead to an unwanted ratio between water and oxygen. This can affect the growth of plants and stimulate development of harmful fungi and pests. By measuring the quantities of water uptake by the plants in real-time, the new Moisture Monitor will enable a significant cost-saving and thus achieving higher profitability.
Many farmers around the globe have increased yields and optimized their irrigation strategy by using the Paskal monitoring solutions. In soil-less cultivation DrainVision has proven to be a helpful tool in increasing irrigation efficiency and the optimum use of fertilizers. By using the Soil Moisture Monitor it is easy to achieve the same savings in water and fertilizer. Measuring the root-zone moisture level in real-time, the new Soil Moisture Monitor helps growers to optimize plant growth and better exploit resources.
Drain Vision, Paskal’s irrigation monitor system, was released in 2017. Many growers have already experienced the advantages of online wireless monitoring of substrate water content, as well as the amount of water given to the plants and the volume of drain water and EC level.
Each monitor transfers the collected data wireless to a base station; this base station then sends the data via GSM to a cloud server. After connecting to this server, the grower will have access to the data in clear graphs and overviews, anytime, anywhere, by using his smartphone, laptop or tablet.
Now the delivery program is expanded with a solar-powered base station. This base station makes it possible to install the system on places where no electric power is available. Irrigation in open field and in greenhouses, without power supply can now be monitored.
Easy to install is also applicable to this device, a pole on a location with sufficient sun light will do. The maximum distance between the base station and the monitors can be:
In the open air; up to 1000 meters.
In greenhouses with a simple construction; up to 350 meters.
In greenhouses with a more complicated construction and obstacles; up to 150 meters.
DrainVision has been installed successfully in tomato and cucumber crops. Recently, potted plants and strawberries were added.
It is a fact that after installation of DrainVision, most of the growers found out that they gave water at the wrong time. In many cases the drain percentage over the day was too large, as the online information made clear. The result was that the irrigation strategy was changed accordingly. With growers’ permit, DrainVision makes it possible for consultants and other specialists, to have access to the data and follow the effect of changes made. Together with the grower they adapt the irrigation settings to maximize growth.
Following years of research and development by scientists and technologists, Paskal has launched DrainVision, a powerful, affordable irrigation monitor solution.
DrainVision is a wireless standalone monitoring solution that provides you with accurate real-time information on water content of the substrate, irrigation volume and drain water quantity.
The data collected by the wireless monitors is sent to a base station. This base station sends the data via a GSM module to the cloud server. From the field to your connected device, the cloud-based technology puts the power to optimize water, fertilizer usage and crop yield in the palm of your hand.
The DrainVision advanced software is accessible from any connected smartphone, tablet or computer. It allows you and your consultants to evaluate the irrigation status in real-time and plan a course of action, even when you are miles away.