Field analysis for the purpose of installing the soil station
Measuring the parameters in real-time by means of the soil station developed by Paul-Tech
Processing the obtained measurement data on the could server
Monitoring the analysed data by means of a user-friendly web application
Automatic recommendations to the farmer for efficient management
A comprehensive analysis of the field will be carried out before the installation of the Paul-Tech soil station for it to be placed in the part of the field with its most characteristic properties. For this purpose, a soil sensor will be used to take 200–300 measurements (depending on the field size) across the field and saved with GPS coordinates. The result of the analysis is available immediately and is used for selecting the location for the installation of the soil station.
The in-soil sensors of the soil station measure the level of nutrients and moisture in the soil as well as its temperature at two depth points. In addition, the above-ground unit measures air temperature and relative humidity.
The analysis model is based on the impact of the growth environment on various crops, plant pests and the field work to be performed. The physical properties of the soil are used to determine the moisture regime, water regime and nutrient regime of the soil as well as its warmth. The models also take air temperature and relative humidity into consideration.
The data are presented as interactive diagrams, which provide an overview in real time and trends in the field, including explanations and recommendations. In addition, average data for the past 10, 20 and 30 days or the entire data history can be viewed. Assessing the quality of the plants’ growing days allows the solution to predict the development of the crop and the optimal timeframe for the necessary field work. The total sum of effective and active temperatures as well as the number of days are presented to describe the crop growing period. Monitoring the amount of nutrients at two depth points allows their movement to be assessed and the optimal amount of fertiliser as well as timeframes for field works to be determined so that leaching or unnecessary accumulation can be avoided. The data collected by the soil station also allow the system to set the optimal timeframe for the use of pesticides and their environmentally reasonable quantity depending on the conditions of the field. By comparing the data of various years, the farmer can evaluate the effect of the decisions on the crop and economic benefits to ensure the sustainability and efficiency of production.
Paul-Tech can display automatic recommendations about field work directly in the user interface, becoming the farmer’s digital assistant in efficient management. The recommendations are based on the results of automatic processing of the data collected in the field and can be provided to the farmer promptly.