Automation of irrigation with LetsGrow.com
About 3 years ago, a collaboration was established between Vineland Research & Innovation Center and LetsGrow.com. The reason for this collaboration is the growing demand for the automation of watering from potted plant growers worldwide, with the aim of reducing water consumption. According to the World Bank, horticulture and agriculture are responsible for an average of 70% fresh water consumption worldwide. It is time for a change.
Vineland and LetsGrow.com are jointly developing a watering algorithm that will integrate into the LetsGrow.com data platform “MyLetsGrow”. The grower receives a notification from this Decision Support System (DDS) via MyLetsGrow when the plants need water.
Advantages of DSS
In addition to reducing water consumption, the DSS also offers growers other benefits, namely:
- quality improvements;
- labor savings;
- product failure reductions;
- increased ROI.
Onder andere door de wisselingen van personeel is de traditionele aanpak van watergift niet betrouwbaar en inconsequent. Dit leidt tot een gestrest gewas, met als gevolg: kwaliteitsvermindering, arbeidsintensiever, uitval van productie en reductie of stabiel rendement.
The traditional approach to irrigation is unreliable and inconsistent, partly due to staff changes. This leads to a stressed crop, resulting in quality reduction, increased labor intensity, production failures and reduced or stagnant yields.
“With the DSS, Vineland and LetsGrow.com have developed a practical solution to water more effectively. This makes it very easy for every potted plant grower to grow data driven and to create labor savings resulting in increased yields”, says Ton van Dijk, Global Head of Sales and Operations at LetsGrow.com.
Vineland’s DSS is integrated into MyLetsGrow and makes it possible, through Machine Learning (AI), data collection and plant physiological models, to offer irrigation advice to the grower. The DSS has shown to reduce water usage by 15%, reduce irrigation labor by 47% and increase efficiency by 5%.
Vineland is an independent, non-profit organization. The organization stands for "improving the economic viability, sustainability and competitiveness of horticulture in Canada." Vineland is a uniquely Canadian results-oriented organization dedicated to horticultural science and innovation.