"Now is the perfect time to invest in agriculture 4.0. Many companies are manifesting their interest due to the tax benefits granted by the Credito d'Imposta 4.0 (50%), which was extended for 2022. Our solutions are innovative, precise and easy to use. Once growers understand the economic and production benefits provided by them, they will not be able to do without. A perfect example is the "terraSmart 3-in-1" sensor, which measures soil temperature, soil water content and total electrical conductivity," explains Michele Cortina from terraSmart, a company made up of young professionals who design and create Agriculture 4.0 solutions.
"One of the main objectives of precision agriculture is an effective water management. Thanks to irrigation 4.0, we manage to obtain multiple advantages such as the reduction of irrigation costs (in terms of both water and energy consumption) and an optimized management to improve yields and show a commitment to sustainable water saving to consumers."
"Constantly monitoring the water volumetric content (%) enables the application of a more effective and precise irrigation model that considers field capacity (FC), permanent wilting percentage (PWP), available water capacity (AWC) and maximum allowed depletion (MAD) based on the type of soil and crop."
"terraSmart technicians help the company applying the model depending on the type of soil and crop and set the irrigation objectives to be maintained and verified by the sensors. The next step of Irrigation 4.0 is automation - sensors can be connected to the irrigation system which is activated automatically based on the thresholds established by the irrigation model."
"The advantages of the "terraSmart 3-in-1" sensor extend to fertigation, as the sensor also measures the total electrical conductivity of the soil and the terraSmart cloud automatically calculates other parameters considered essential to manage fertigation, such as e.g. the quantity of mineral salts in the water. The sensor enables to estimate the quantity of mineral salts in the soil as well as the quantity added by irrigation, plus it monitors the circulation of the salts both during and after fertigation."