Farm Tomasz Rosłoniec,
with greenhouses in Poland was happy to find that real-time drain analysis has solved various problems in their production - in this case study, we’ll show you how.
Why they needed real-time control
Horticultural Farm Tomasz Rosłoniec is located in Poland, with greenhouses in Dziecinów and Brzezinka (Mazowieckie region, near Warsaw), operating since 2002. Specialized in pink and cherry tomatoes, producing them on an area of 5.6 hectares, they are just behind their sixth season using our Trutina greenhouse monitoring system - with complete satisfaction.
The reason why this farm was looking for a precise monitoring system is that they wanted to have real-time control of their biomass and drains. They knew well how important these data can be, especially to optimize their irrigation strategy, and also, to have an immediate feedback about whether the applied changes give positive or negative results.
For this reason, they have already measured the drainage, but the process was entirely manual and time-consuming: the drain amounts were estimated, gained from buckets. They needed to check it twice a day, in the middle of the day and at the end of the last irrigation. It provided some insights but it was not accurate and very labor intensive - a schedule that cannot be maintained on the long-term.
This is why Farm Tomasz Rosłoniec decided to automate this process and started using the Trutina greenhouse monitoring system.
The advantages Trutina brought
The most remarkable impact Trutina gave to the farm is the real-time analysis. Now, they are able to monitor the drains in real time, which gives them a much higher control of the parameters in the growing medium. Real-time, in this case means that they get updated information to their online dashboard every 5 seconds (!), that is available even via their smartphones.
By having immediate feedback of how the plants react to irrigation, they are able to verify each change in their watering strategy and fine-tune it to an even more optimized level:
“We now know which activities have the greatest impact on biomass production. Trutina has allowed us to observe how the time to start watering affects the condition of the crop. Before, we used to determine when to start watering using only general guidelines and book knowledge. With Trutina, we realized that the optimal time to start irrigation often differs significantly from known theories. This has allowed us to significantly improve our watering strategy.”
said Tomasz Rosłoniec
Of course, a better watering strategy has further consequences: most importantly, a higher yield. The farm confirmed that their production has increased since they started using Trutina, achieving a higher amount of yield at each production cycle.
Further advantages in the era of energy crisis
The benefits of a better drain control does not end with higher yield. One of the most important advantages, especially today when energy and material costs are skyrocketing, is the reduction of fertilizer consumption. We all in this industry face the fact that the cost of fertilizers has dramatically increased recently, even by 200-300%.
With Trutina, having better drain control, this greenhouse can use less fertilizer, saving remarkable costs. In these hard times, such savings may strongly contribute to, or even decide the survival of any business.
Drainage measurement is an important task in every modern greenhouse, however, it can be carried out on different levels - for example, this greenhouse performed it manually, and with low precision. Our client had two main reasons for selecting Trutina: the possibility of real-time measurements and costefficiency. With Trutina, they were able to achieve both:
“I was familiar with proposals from competing suppliers of crop monitoring systems, but they were expensive and did not give real-time data.”
We were happy to hear that they are satisfied with their system and have achieved a more productive operation. Tomasz Rosłoniec added:
I would recommend with full conviction the Trutina system as the best tool to control irrigation in the crop. It already works for my colleagues to whom I recommend it.
ABOUT THE PRODUCT: TRUTINA GREENHOUSE ANALYTICS
Trutina is an innovative greenhouse monitoring system: a combination of hardware (smart sensors) and software (cloud-based analytics) that helps greenhouse owners better understand what happens with their plants, by measuring weight, drain and various other parameters. The platform gives the user valuable insights that contribute to creating a better irrigation strategy, giving full control over the vegetative / generative plant balance, and having more yield, saving on water and energy costs and optimizing daily routine.
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