RPMA-connected sensors placed 24 inches (0.61 m) below ground with above-ground antennas give more depth to smart farmers’ intelligent nurturing plans. Many irrigation or rain events only impact soil to a 12 inch (0.3 m) depth at certain locations, meaning plants with deeper root growth suffer lower production unnecessarily. This, combined with water application variance, brings unnecessary crop yield loss.
Data collected from multi-depth moisture sensors, including temperature and salinity readings provide irrigation recommendations based on soil conditions today, not yesterday, or 80 acres over the hill. This information combined with soil conductivity data give smart farms a comprehensive view of soil’s productivity.
Long-term Battery Powered. Soil Nourishment.
Farms are busy places that require a lot of maintenance. RPMA’s five-year battery life for underground applications gives farmers their time back for use on other pressing matters. RPMA’s long battery life also removes the need for lead acid batteries—that have the potential for environmental hazard. This greatly reduces the risk and makes operation super simple, with very low maintenance.
Long range capability. Superior signal penetration.
Deploying an array of wireless sensors in an agricultural setting can be remarkably difficult to accomplish cost-effectively. The vines, trees and bushes our agricultural commodities grow on all act as a sort of screen that blocks a lot RF communications. The dense, fibrous stalks of sugarcane are an even more difficult proposition. That’s why AgriSource Data looked to RPMA when it developed its Intelliroot™ smart moisture system for use throughout U.S. Sugar’s sugarcane fields. U.S. Sugar is a farming company that grows sugarcane, citrus and sweet corn, and is the largest producer of sugarcane in the United States. The company utilizes wireless technology to enhance harvesting operations, railroad transportation and mill operations, and will deploy the Intelliroot solution to provide data and analysis of the soil conditions of its sugarcane crops.
“We found that the RPMA network provided extremely reliable coverage, and we believe if it can transmit through a sugarcane field, it can probably get through anything!”
Scott Berden, Precision Ag Manager, U.S. Sugar.