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Description

Main research question/goal

Irrigation 2.0 aims to improve the efficiency of irrigation by the farmers, to ensure an optimal application of the available water sources. Additionally, farmers are informed about available alternative water sources that can be used in times of water scarcity. Both the water demand of the crops and the supply of alternative water sources are visualized in a user friendly and freely accessible online platform.


Research approach

The project aims to help growers in improving the efficiency of irrigation application, by the use of remote sensing data, weather forecasts and crop models. Potato, spinach and cabbage fields throughout Flanders will be monitored intensively. Furthermore, the effect of irrigation with alternative water sources on crop yield and quality will be investigated. The existing platform "watchITgrow" will be extended with functionalities that allow proper aligning of irrigation demand and availability of water sources with the right quality.


Relevance/Valorisation

Consecutive summers with long periods of drought have left farmers worrying. The problem is not only the availability of sufficient water, but also its quality and the prioritizing decision of where to apply this water are crucial elements in an efficient irrigation strategy. 

AcronymIRRIGATIE2.0
StatusActive
Effective start/end date1/10/1830/09/22

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