Precision Vegetable Farming in a 5-Acre Open Farm in Chinnamangalaram

Background:

A 5-acre open farming plot in Chinnamangalaram was known for growing a variety of vegetables. The farmer faced challenges due to irregular rainfall and manual irrigation management.

Solution: Crop Minder Baseline DIY Kit for 5 Acres

The farmer implemented the Crop Minder Baseline DIY Kit, including LoRa connectivity, on the 2-acre open farming plot.

Drip irrigation lines were integrated into the system for efficient water distribution.

Implementation:

The DIY kit was installed with ease, and Soil Minder and Weather Minder sensors were placed in strategic locations.

The system was set to “Schedule-Based Irrigation” for most crops but used “Sensor-Based Irrigation” for sensitive varieties.

Results:

Improved Crop Yield: Crop Minder Baseline significantly improved crop yield for various vegetables. Tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, and others saw a yield increase of 50% or more.

Water Efficiency: Water consumption was reduced by 50% or more due to precise drip irrigation and sensor-based irrigation scheduling.

Time Savings: Automated scheduling and remote monitoring saved the farmer valuable time, enabling better management of the farm.

Key Findings:

The study finds that precision agriculture has the potential to further improve fertilizer placement efficiency by an additional 14%.

This case study highlights the successful implementation of the “Crop Minder Baseline” system in a 5-acre open farming plot, showcasing how precision agriculture not only significantly increases crop yield and water efficiency but also has the potential to further enhance fertilizer placement efficiency with broader adoption.

This table compares the traditional fertilizer usage (in pounds per acre) with the fertilizer usage when employing the “Crop Minder Baseline” system for various vegetables in a 5-acre open farming plot. It demonstrates the percentage of fertilizer savings achieved with the precision agriculture system.

Table: Fertilizer Comparison, Improved Crop Yield, Water Consumption Benefits – Traditional vs. Crop Minder Baseline with Drip Line

Vegetable Type

Traditional Fertilizer Usage (lbs/acre)

Crop Minder Baseline Fertilizer Usage (lbs/acre)

Fertilizer Savings

Traditional Yield (kg/acre)

Crop Minder Baseline Yield (kg/acre)

Expected Yield Increase

Traditional Water Consumption (gallons/acre)

Crop Minder Baseline with Drip Line Water Consumption (gallons/acre)

Water Savings

Tomatoes

80

60

25%

800

1,200

50% increase

30,000

15,000

50%

Cucumbers

70

55

21%

700

1,100

57% increase

25,000

12,000

52%

Carrots

100

75

25%

1,200

1,800

50% increase

40,000

20,000

50%

Spinach

60

50

17%

600

1,000

67% increase

20,000

10,000

50%

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