Irrigation Scheduling in Grape Farming
In order to minimize water use Shelanu Farm, a small but highly intensive farm using modern technology, optimized its water irrigation scheduling based on data automatically received from soil moisture (capacitance) probes and analysis using a sophisticated computerized monitoring and management system. Soils around the farm vary considerably and the automated system allows variable irrigation cycle time depending on soil type and soil moisture status.
At a capital cost of US$215,000, the combination of scheduling and other measures permitted a reduction in irrigation water per hectare of 20% from 15,000m3 / year to 12,000m3 / year. The project also resulted in a 35% reduction in the water footprint per kilogram of grape and a 20% increase in crop yields.