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Why smart irrigation system saves more water than traditional irrigation?

Published by QiangTai 2020-02-09 23:31:57

Why smart irrigation system saves more water than traditional irrigation?


With the development of science and technology, agricultural irrigation methods are changing constantly. Traditional irrigation methods such as border irrigation, furrow irrigation, flood irrigation,  have been gradually phased out, replaced by automatical smart water-saving irrigation systems, which is developed and based on the IoT technology. So what is the difference between the smart irrigation system and traditional irrigation? Let me introduce you in detail!


Traditional irrigation method


The traditional irrigation method is that the water enters the field from the ground surface and infiltrates the soil by gravity and capillary action, so it is also called gravity irrigation. This method is ancient and currently widely used as a major irrigation solution.
According to the different ways of wetting the soil, it can be divided into border irrigation, furrow irrigation, flood irrigation.

All these several irrigation methods have their own disvantages. Taking furrow irrigation for an example:It requires excavation of irrigation ditch, which is laborious. Limited application makes it more suitable for wide-row spacing middle-field crops. Not to mention the flood irrigation, which is a relatively extensive irrigation method. The irrigation uniformity is poor, and the amount of water wasted is very large.


Smart irrigation system:


The control of irrigation by smart irrigation system is determined by sensors. The soil moisture sensor can monitor the water and fertilizer data in the soil in real time. When the soil moisture is lower than the standard value, the system can automatically turn on the irrigation unit to irrigate the crops. When the moisture reaches the standard value, the system will be shut down automatically. Real-time data monitoring control makes irrigation more reasonable. 


Moreover, the smart irrigation system can make effective use of limited water resources, and alleviate the severe situation of excessive groundwater extraction and crustal sinking. Meanwhile, through combination with fertilization, the system improves not only the growth conditions of crops, fruit trees, etc., but also the yield and fruit quality, which leads to good social and economic benefits.


Through the introduction above, I believe now you have some understanding of the difference between smart irrigation systems and traditional irrigation. The smart irrigation system solutions provided by QOTO can be widely used in agricultural planting, urban afforestation, cooling usage in poultry farm and so on. The application of this smart irrigation system can enable agricultural growers to rely on data to make irrigation and fertilization in the planting more reasonable, thereby achieving the purpose of saving water and fertilizer!