Precision irrigation in nursery using wireless tensiometers

Authors: Goulet, Charles

Organizations: Université Laval

Start Date: 01/04/2013 | End Date: 31/03/2018

To ensure better management of water resources and reduce the impact on the environment, it is essential to move toward precision irrigation. A new generation of wireless tensiometer that measures the water available to the plant and allows precise irrigation control has been evaluated.  For improved efficiency, the best clustering practices based on the water needs of diverse species have been established.   Evaluation of the best irrigation strategies in a commercial setting have demonstrated that water use can be reduced while maintaining an optimal growth. Recommendations have been made for improved water management practices in plant nurseries with the potential to help growers across the country.

Keywords: wireless tensiometer, precise irrigation, clustering practices, water management recommendations