MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin, and ROME, Italy, Apr 7th, 2021. Today, Sol Chip, a leading precision agriculture company and inventor of the LightChip™ announced a partnership with Soonapse creator of advanced big data and agricultural AI platforms and inventor of Ploovium®, to deliver unique irrigation and salinity management solution. The solution, combining state-of-the-art sensing, decision support and control is optimized for dozens of different crops, taking the unique ontology of each crop into account.
Determining the optimal irrigation schedule is as important as it is difficult. It is important because proper irrigation allows crops to reach their genetic potential without wasting valuable water or chemicals, avoiding over-irrigation that enhances disease exposure. It is difficult because optimal irrigation depends on numerous parameters: precise weather data and forecasts, soil composition, the particular ontology of the plant, evapotranspiration and more.
Sol Chip and Soonapse have combined to simplify this critical process, as well as to manage additional parameters such as salinity. The solution has three parts: sensing, decision support and control.
The system is optimized for several crops including alfalfa, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, corn, fava bean, dates, grapes, lavender, melon, potato, rosemary, soybean, thistle, tomato, and zucchini. Additional crops can be added quickly based on customer demand.
The system is available today from Sol Chip and Soonapse.