On August 29 and 30 RMA organised her first international conference. A group of 25 delegates travelled from the Netherlands and abroad to Dwingeloo to exchange information and ideas on sensortechnology, sustainable agricultural watermanagement, drip irrigation, fertigation and precision agriculture. On the 29th a range of presenters shared experiences from their country and application followed by lively discussions at Hotel Wesseling in Dwingeloo. On the 30th a field visit was made to see the RMA sensor technology live in action in the province of Drenthe.
Jorg Tönjes wrote a report on the meeting which can be found at Akkerwijzer.nl (in Dutch).
Beeld: Jorg Tönjes
Extremely high temperatures in the Netherlands over the past week with five days over 30 degrees and an all-time high of 38,9 measured at our RMA weather station. Despite the harsh conditions our sensors were able to help the growers to manage their soil moisture levels well without getting into drought stress. The examples below show that both the trickle tape (left) and the rain gun (right) were able to maintain the readings in the safe, green zone.
RMA introduces the updated irrigation dashboard with weather forecast. The 7-day weather forecast is supplied by Meteotest and shows amongst others the amount of precipitation and evapotranspiration. This information will provide the user with additional information on the development of soil moisture deficit in the coming days. And helps to better understand how much water should be given by the irrigator.
RMA has a stand at the Irrigex exhibition in Peterborough (UK) on 27 & 28 February 2019. Visit our stand K36 for more information on our soil moisture sensors and our new soil nutrient sensors for nitrate and potassium.
RMA is Adcon distributor of the year 2018! Thanks to all our partners and clients for their support and trust.
Waterlevels in the river Rijn remain extremely low. So low that the responsible authority Rijkswaterstaat needs to deploy additional equipment to be able to monitor the actual level. Radar level sensors are deployed to sample the level every 10 minutes and the data is delivered to the national database. RMA takes care of the datacommunication with telemetry by Adcon connected to the OTT RLS. A perfect solution for a temporary installation as the compact system works completely autonomous on solar enery.
Farmers in Switzerland are also suffering from heat and drought this summer. Therefore it is obviously important to use irrigation water wisely and smartly. In cooperation with the Berner Fachhochschule and Meteotest 130 soil moisture stations were installed to provide the growers with information on their soil moisture status through a website. The project was featured on the national evening news in Switserland. Watch the item here (in German).
RMA installed a weatherstation network on Jersey via LoRa in cooperation with Agrii to optimize the growing of Jersey Royal potatoes. The main station is equipped with a compact Lufft WS502 sensor with raingauge to measure temperature, relative humidity, precipitation, global radiation, air pressure, wind speed and direction. Additional stations collect more climate information on temperature, relative humidity and precipication. The icing on the cake are the soil moisture stations with the innovative sensors to measure nitrate and potassium in the soil.
In 2017 RMA & Agrii together managed the soil moisture monitoring at the Spot Farm (Strategic Potato Farm) Elveden in the UK.
Watch the AHDB Potatoes video here. Peter Raatjes is speaking from about 01:05.