The Ultimate Guide to Soil Moisture

Introduction You need to get the right amount of water to crops at the right time. Water and nutrients are used most efficiently when your crops have access to the amount of water the crop needs and the soil can hold. This article describes how to use the data provided by soil moisture probes to […]

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What is soil moisture

Soil moisture and its availability to support plant growth is a primary factor in crop yield. Too little moisture can result in yield loss and plant death. Too much causes root disease and wasted water.   Just as important, water is a delivery mechanism for any nutrients that are not tightly bound to the soil. […]

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How to manage farm data like a pro

The latest version of ConnectedCrops provides the ability to change sensors throughout the year and use them in different locations.  This is really useful when you want to measure temperature inversion in the winter, and for temperature differences inside/outside a canopy in the spring – however, this causes problems when comparing data across multiple seasons.  […]

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Grants: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Here’s is a list of programs and services to support innovation, sustainable farming, business development, managing risk, trade and market development for Canadian agriculture. Explore AgPal – a web-based discovery tool to help you find agriculture-related programs and services administered by several partners and organizations. Program and Service Finder Innovation- Northern Ontario Development Program FedNor is […]

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How to extend your growing season safely

You can increase yield by sowing seeds earlier if you can manage the risk.  You may be able to start early and squeeze in another production cycle, but if you start too early and you suffer an early frost, then you’re way behind.  What if you had a way to quantify the risk?  What if […]

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SMART FARMING – where to start?

Optimizing Agriculture Processes With Modern Day Technology. Smart farming introduced many connected models and solutions for the agriculture space. From sensors to drones and satellite grids- for a regular grower with limited knowledge of IoT, the big question is “where to start”? Advancements in communications, sensors and analysis enabled growers to increase yield, optimize irrigation […]

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This article provides a behind-the-scenes look into the data that growers use to increase crop production.  It describes a real data from Michael, a strawberry grower based near Guelph, Ontario, during the summer of 2017.  Michael had been working with soil specialists from the ministry of agriculture who had advised him to irrigate several times […]

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Low Production Risks- How to optimize irrigation systems?

After a rainfall, how do you know how much water stays in your field?  How long does it stay before it drains from the surface level?  How quickly is it absorbed by your crops? Is my irrigation system optimized for a better yield? If you knew how much water stayed in the field, wouldn’t it […]

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by: John Deibel

This article investigates the results of work done in University of California and University of Georgia that studied the use of soil sensors and impact on costs and revenue in a test farm. They observed a 21% increase in profitability by using soil sensors to manage irrigation schedules in high value crops; as well as improved crop health.

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Why We Stopped Using Wifi

When developing and designing ConnectedCrops, we looked very closely at Wi-Fi-based weather stations, and ultimately decided that it wasn’t a practical solution for most growers.  In the long run, WiFi was both more expensive, when all costs are considered, and more difficult to maintain.  This article provides a behind-the-scenes look into our product development process […]

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Irrigation Solution

Dual Level Irrigation Measurement

The Advanced Irrigation Solution allows growers to measure soil moisture levels at two different depths, fully verifying the effectiveness of your irrigation schedule. This kind of real-time data empowers you to change irrigation timing and rates according to soil texture, crop uptake, irrigation rates, and other factors. All of this data is easily managed through the ConnectedCrops Mobile App, saving you money, and maximizing crop response.

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