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The scarcity of water in the area, the sandy and poor soils, the cold and wet winters, as well as the proliferation of fungal diseases, made the farmer decide to install these sensors.
Irrigating more frequently and using less water, as well as anticipating the need for phytosanitary treatments, justify the implementation of this measure.
Great care must be taken during farming and harvesting not to damage the equipment or dig up the soil sensor.
Annually it is recommended to remove the underground sensors, clean them, and bury them again.
Through the web platform the status of the station (battery, radiation, etc.) can be monitored so that any problems can be identified.
If outsourced, no major skills are required, apart from the ability to interpret graphs of historical data recorded on the platform.
If it is to be built, knowledge of electronics and computer science is required. Soil, agronomic and agro-climatic knowledge is required for the interpretation of the data.
The change in the irrigation schedule has made more water available to the plant, reducing percolation and nitrate leaching.
Similarly, the intensity of groundwater abstractions is reduced, giving groundwater levels more time to recover at times of peak demand.
Social impacts can have a negative impact by increasing wage costs.
However, this must be compensated by the reduction of inefficient consumption (water and fuel used to extract it).
The digital recording of physical data through sensors is one of the fundamental premises of precision agriculture.
The integration of data loggers to manage this data and their mobile communication with web platforms for information visualisation is an innovation that helps farmers to make decisions (DSS).
Of course, the availability of the supplier’s technology and know-how is essential to adapt the equipment and design the DSS to the farmer’s needs.
For his part, the farmer must be predisposed and aware to undertake the investment and optimise his agronomic decisions by analysing the data obtained.
Many farmers are not aware of the soils they are working and the extent to which they must adapt irrigation schedule to avoid wasting water through percolation.
Lack of knowledge of the existence of these solutions, the cost of the equipment and the lack of awareness limit the dissemination of these technologies.
More efficient and less intensive use of groundwater helps to ensure the sustainability of the aquifer in the medium term.
Reducing percolation helps to reduce nitrate pollution of the subsoil.
In addition, it must be considered the reduction of emissions from mechanical energy sources, used for extraction.
There are two effects: on the one hand, we increase the efficiency of water use, reducing percolation and fuel consumption.
On the other hand, labour costs increase, as well as the cost of investment and maintenance of the equipment.
However, the net balance is positive if we consider the sustainability of the aquifer, guaranteeing the availability of uncontaminated water in the long term.
Precision agriculture must offer solutions for the future that enable better monitoring of farms and help to make decisions that optimise resources.
This is a case in which the use of sensors and the analysis of the information obtained has made it possible to change irrigation management, guaranteeing agro-economic and environmental sustainability.
The insights gained from this solution have allowed changing mental structures and working mechanisms.
The dissemination of the lessons learned is changing the way of working of other nearby farmers who are seeing the positive impacts of these changes.
Technological solutions have many utilities, sometimes each farmer must find out how such a solution meets his needs.
For this, it is essential that the user has curiosity, as well as the will to continuously improve and change things.
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