Yara has introduced its Yara Water Solution in the U.S. with installations in citrus groves in California and Florida. With water supplies and access growing scarcer in these U.S. states, agricultural solutions are needed to make the best use of water.
Yara Water Solution is being validated on citrus crops in these two states to ensure previous sensor calibration is accurate for these markets.
This technology has successfully been used in Spain, and is applicable to all leafy plant species. It is expected to be available for more North American distribution in the next 12 to 18 months.
The Yara Water Solution is a plant-based sensor allowing direct communication with the plant during the entire vegetative period. It provides direct information about the water status of plants using non-invasive leaf clamps (sensors) wired to sending units in trees.
The sensitive clamps measure the turgor pressure (pressure from water within the leaf) to determine when and where water is needed. Water use and cost can be reduced by up to 40 percent due to more precise irrigation based on the crop’s moisture status.
Some of the features and benefits of the Yara Water Solution include easy setting of irrigation thresholds, preventing over irrigation which can lead to plant diseases, and reducing fertilizer and pesticide use since applications can be aligned to meet water demands of the plant.