Plant to Farmer: “Water me!”
A new monitoring system allows plants to text farmers when thirsty
Just in time for this year’s growing season, farmers have new equipment to help keep tabs on their crops while away. With SmartCrop, a system developed by Accent Engineering, farmers get text messages when their plants need water. The system uses infrared thermometers to measure leaf temperature and data is then transferred to a computerized base station. A cellphone modem hooked up to the base station allows farmers to receive SMS alerts when their plants are too hot. Research has shown that each plant species has a range of temperatures that is best for its growth. High temperatures mean plants are experiencing heat stress and need to be watered to cool off.
With a base price of $1,200, the system promises farmers an inexpensive and easy way to help determine irrigation schedules for their props. SmartCrop can simplify the data to the most basic level: Irrigate or Don’t Irrigate.
Via Science Daily