Substrate growing is gaining popularity among soft fruit growers. This production method not only ensures higher production, but also a better consistency in quality. The precise control of water and fertilizers is essential in the production of Soft Fruit to lift the quality throughout the chain at a higher level. The Moisture Balance Module is a special feature of the new Priva Soft Fruit computer. This optimal irrigation start solution determines every irrigation cycle fully automatically based on three important influences. The result; precise and timely dosing of water and fertilizers.
Starting irrigation at the right moment and dosing the right amount of water and fertilizers, contributes a great deal to reaching a higher production and a better fruit quality. The Moisture Balance Module, a feature of the Soft Fruit Computer, makes sure you can do exactly that.
This module determines the optimal irrigation start strategy, based on three important influences: the quantity of water evaporated, the quantity of water used by the plant and the water content of the substrate. The berries can develop optimally because of the precise and timely addition of water and fertilizers.
The Moisture Balance Module automatically adjusts the irrigation control in line with the growing conditions, the condition of the plant, and the condition of the substrate.
In addition to a higher fruit quality, the module results in less water and less fertilizer usage. This is a very large benefit, especially in areas where water is scarce, water quality is poor, or water is expensive.
The Moisture Balance Module requires either the Priva GroScale weighing scale combined with a drain sensor, or moisture sensors. Both sensors analyze the moisture level of the substrate. The data is used by Moisture Balance Module to control water and fertilizer dosing and timing.