Avoid leaching fertilizers
In addition to data from nutrient sensors, RMA nutrition management measures the amount of soil moisture in the different layers of the soil. This gives an even more complete picture of the maximum amount of nutrients the crop can take up. It also provides a better understanding of the effect of irrigation on the availability and leaching of fertilizers.
Fertilization management starts with an inventory of the fields and the locations. While doing so, RMA is looking for the best position to measure the nutrients and install the nutrient sensors. This location provides the best data that is representative for the entire field.
Fertigation of fertilizers
Especially with fertigation of fertilizers via drip tape, RMA nutrition management offers a lot of added value. This is because it is possible to apply small amounts of nutrients throughout the season via the drip tape. Those nutrients are immediately available to the plants.
The readings from the nutrient sensor and the soil moisture sensor are sent every 30 minutes via 4G or a LoRa connection to a secure online environment in the Cloud of RMA. The personal RMA dashboard converts the data into user-friendly nutrition recommendations. These recommendations can be viewed 24 hours a day on a computer, tablet or smartphone app. RMA ensures that growers can easily work with this.
Nutrition management helps growers to apply circular agriculture. To apply the data and information into practice in the right way and to use less fertilizers, RMA provides guidance from the very beginning. Growers can count on RMA to teach them how to interpret the measured values of the nutrient sensors. Growers gain insight into what happens in the soil, when leaching takes place and when the crop is short of nutrients. This leads to maximum crop quality and an economical and efficient use of nutrients, tailored to crop needs.