Israel21c: Saturas is “making farms smarter”

5 Israeli precision-ag technologies making farms smarter

by Abigail Klein Leichman, Israel21c (13 July 2017)

Precision agriculture is trending toward complete automated solutions for farm efficiency, increased yield and less waste, say Israeli experts.

Trendlines Incubator CEO Nitza Kardish, who has a doctorate in plant molecular biology, says the ecosystem still will support innovations for specific issues, like a sensor for finding a certain plant disease.

“These small pieces fill in the big picture to give farmers all the information they need for more efficient and sustainable growth,” she tells ISRAEL21c.



Prototype of the Saturas miniature stem water potential sensor embedded in the trunk of a fruit tree

Saturas … has developed inexpensive miniature sensors and wireless transponders to embed in the trunks of commercial fruit trees for accurate and continuous stem water potential measurement. The precision-irrigation system saves farmers 15-20% on water usage and increases production and quality.

Following field tests in Israel, Saturas has started advanced beta sites on commercial citrus and almond farms in Spain and Israel in cooperation with Netafim and Naan Dan Jain. Read the full article on Israel21c. 

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