As with any other fruit, South African Avocados must be irrigated in the right amount: not too much and not too little. For decades irrigation was done based on the grower’s intuition, experience and perhaps some ancillary data. But today, technology is taking over this space to help growers use smarter ways to irrigate and produce more avocados.
SupPlant, the leading precision agriculture hardware-software solution is an Israeli technology that has expertise in sensing plant stress. They have converted this expertise into a system that uses agronomic algorithms, sensors, artificial intelligence, big data and cloud-based technology in order to achieve these goals. They have developed a data model using predictive algorithms based on analyzing 100M avocado data points.
SupPlant’s sensors measure the stress of the plant, the actual water content in the soil and plant health data. In addition to this data, SupPlant monitors real-time and forecasted climatic data and forecasted plant growth patterns
All this info is uploaded every 30 minutes to an algorithm in the cloud that provides growers with precise irrigation recommendations based on the integration of all this data.