Global food demand is expected to rise in the next 30 years expecting an addition of 3 billion to our current population from 2020 – 2050. To meet the demand of growing population nations are shifting to modern agricultural practices incorporating computers and internet. Hi-tech farming is no longer a concept, at least in this 21st century in the era of ‘IoT’. "With Gremon Systems we have placed ourselves in one of the critical decks of growing", János Lóczi with Gremon explains. "With our products Trutina and Trutina Soil, bridging growers to the ‘life of plants’ helping the conventional farmers upgrade to scientific farming without compromising conventional knowledge they have gathered."
Trutina Soil system in a greenhouse
Scientific farming with Trutina and Trutina Soil
Gremon Systems contributes to modern growing in two ways with their ‘Trutina’ and ‘Trutina Soil’. Both these products target two different sets farming practices, for example, Trutina is for those farmers who focus on soilless farming like hydroponics in rockwool or cocopeat , etc. whereas Trutina Soil is for produces that need soil for farming crops like tomato, cucumber, pepper etc. Accounting this diversity, both products use different set sensors that rely on measuring various environmental parameters that influence plant growth. While the majority of the sensors remain the same, there are few sensors different in each product. The basic idea is to understand the plant physiology and optimize the irrigation system in order to maintain the plants in that sweet spot of growth phase giving the genetic best yield.
Hydroponic cultivation of tomatoes in greenhouse
How Gremon Systems products can improve your agricultural output?
Both Trutina and Trutina soil employs a wide range of sensors like biomass module, pyranometer, Water/Soil EC sensors, etc. All these sensors collect vital data that are crucial for being able to influence the plant physiology, its vegetative-generative balance, nutrient uptake, solar irradiance and so on.
For growers who produce in soil, one of the biggest challenge is to find out what would be the best time for irrigations and how much shall they irrigate. One parameter could be the soil moisture level which can help to see if there is water enough or not in the rootzone. Sensors that detects the level of water content in the soil and sends the data to software and displayed in the user-friendly dashboard. But in order to make better decision there are other factors that are important as well like irradiation related to the already irrigated amount of water. The best part is that the user can fix the reference value (maximum-minimum) based on the previous knowledge or conventional strategy and decide when to irrigate.
Electronic and mechanical devices of Trutina with bundle of wires
Biomass is another important parameter measured by Trutina whose value has significance in helping you make a decision in optimizing the irrigation system. Biomass is a perfect indicator which shows well the plant water balance. In hot condition plants are losing weight during the day and try to compensate this stress period at the end of the day in low light condition. This water uptake is not simulated by the photosynthetic activity so it must be kept as low as possible. Trutina will help you to follow the real time situation.
In one of Trutina case study, it was found that irrigation, when timed more times a day in smaller doses instead of one time a day in a larger dose, had a significant change in biomass production and the result showed higher yield, better quality by saving water and fertilizers.
Why should you rely on plant sensors for an effective farming? Plant growth can be controlled by many ways, of which the easiest and effective is by optimizing the irrigation system next to climate control and that’s how Gremon Systems devised Trutina. While climate control is possible in hich-tech greenhouse farming, the same is not effective when the crops are grown on the soil and that’s where Trutina Soil comes in play. Growers trust their conventional knowledge to optimize the irrigation, but with changing environmental conditions and rising throughput, modern farming or technically ‘scientific farming’ is the best approach to benefit using limited resource.
Trutina Soil collects several plant physiology and soil parameters, compile it, analyze and display the end results in a simple format for even the novice farmer to decode it. This way, modern farming is getting more socialized and Gremon Systems pave a road for plants to communicate with the farmer.
Monitoring and evaluating data on Trutina Soil dashboard
So, in a nutshell
"Trutina and Trutina soil is your best chance available to take the aid of computing science and electronics to communicate with plants and supply what they crave for. Studies have shown that the genetic best yield only happens when the crops are supplied with ‘optimal’ value of nutrients and water. This is one salient prerequisite of modern farming and Gremon Systems had materialized it with a vision of eco-friendly farming", the team with Gremon summarises.