What is Protected Cropping

Protected cropping in defined as the production of horticultural crops within, under or sheltered by artificial structures. These structures provide adjustable growing conditions, protection from pest and extreme weather. 

Protected cropping enables farmers control, and technology provides easier environmental management. 

Benefits of Protected Cropping

In recent months, extreme and unpredictable weather has caused difficulties for farmers, struggling to keep their crops healthy and maintain acceptable yields. Traditional outdoor farming is often subject to varying, and often unfavourable, weather conditions, causing reduced yields and quality of the crop. The use of pesticides and chemicals are often used to combat the outdoor natural environment and protect crops.

However, protected farming offers a range of agricultural possibilities. Structures such as greenhouses and shaded shelters create microclimates, allowing for control over the environmental factors. This level of control allows farmers to protect their crops from pests and diseases, as well as monitor and adjust temperature, humidity and light, for optimum growth. Furthermore, Farmers can manipulate and maintain specific environmental levels to extend the growing season and reduce water usage. 

Sensor Application

Aranet horticultural sensors are the perfect solution for aiding in protected cropping farming processes. By implementing the wide range of sensors, farmers can gain insight into their environmental conditions and use the data to analyse and implement strategies to keep their crops in optimal growing conditions. 

We offer a wide range of sensors, covering a variety of environment factors such as temperature, CO2< soil moisture and light. 

In the protected cropping industry for example, measurements can be taken with Aranet’s LUX sensors (measuring ambient indoor light) and PAR sensors (measuring available light for photosynthesis) providing unique insights into crop growth and performance. Monitoring these factors helps growers adjust light intensity and duration optimally.  Monitoring soil moisture provides data to help maintain healthy levels and reduce over or under watering from occurring. Overall. the data and insight gains from the entire monitoring ecosystem can optimise operations, and help ensure peak growing conditions are maintained. 

Monitor and connect your horticultural sites via Aranet’s extensive sensor ecosystem. The Aranet Pro Base Station allows you to store all of your data in one easily accessible place. Analyse your data and see ways to improve your growing conditions and yield. Aranet makes monitoring and maintaining optimal growing environments easy and accessible

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