It’s no secret that today’s farmers and the agricultural industry as a whole are faced with many challenges when it comes to providing high quality and consistent food for consumption.
One of the largest risks is food waste and the discarding of less than perfect crop yields for selling in stores. These deformed fruits and vegetables and those with abrasions are adding up 20 billion pounds of produce that are being left out.
The USDA has found that “30 million acres of cropland, 4.2 trillion gallons of irrigation water, 1.8 billion pounds of nitrogen fertilizer, and 780 million pounds of pesticides went into producing food that was thrown away.”
Controlling the delivery of water to crops is important for sustaining profitable yields of food production and has been around for ages.
For this blog, we’ll look at a key way to turn things around and it starts crop-level with the resources being used to monitor and deliver vital water to these plants. Referred to as, “precision agriculture” farms can maintain precise water allocation as a tool for curbing food waste.
This is done through the use of ultrasonic liquid level sensors.
Today, automated irrigation distribution systems are becoming a popular choice over traditional methods because they remove the intensive human labor required to open and close gates and they provide much greater accuracy when it comes to water level measurement.
As an effective method, irrigation staff is no longer needed to manually raise gates to release water. Not only reducing intensive labor demands and saving water but also removing the factor of human error from the equation.
Utilizing ultrasonic liquid level sensing, sensor-driven channel gates that distribute precise volumes of water-based on requested parameters are possible.
The sensors are also collecting important data that can be shared with farmers to provide exact details on how much water was delivered and help define future orders. Reducing waste of precious water resources especially during a drought, and even protecting crops from rot and damage due to overwater.
SMD Fluid Controls offers a variety of ultrasonic liquid level sensors and transmitters for continuous, non-contact tank level measurement. Our industrial ultrasonic sensors operate using the most state of the art working principles and are available in a variety of materials and prices.