What is the basis behind the Plant Empowerment Cycle we employ to deliver Plant to Irrigation (P2i) process?
P2i is all about the interrelationship between translation, communication and implementation to make it all happen in the field. The Plant Empowerment Cycle, which illustrates how P2i works, involves three coordinated elements—Precise Plant Intelligence translating into Precise Evaluation, which is then communicated for Precise Action which is implemented to meet the Precise Crop Needs, instantly. But what are the principles behind this methodology and where do we start?
Precise Plant Intelligence
First, we accept the premise that plants are extremely aware of their environment, and are able to process and integrate information in sophisticated ways. Plants have the ability to adjust and adapt to changing circumstances relative to a particular environment. They accurately compute their circumstances, make sophisticated internal adjustments and take defined actions to mitigate and control diverse environmental situations.
In fact, a plant’s roots are the key. One might say their roots are their brains and are able to gather all sensory data every minute of every day, and integrate it to formulate an appropriate response. A root is a complex assemblage and very sensitive to water and oxygen supplies. Roots act like a distributed information processing network, similar to networks that organize information in computers. Recent studies indicate that this is actually the nerve center of the plant…underground intelligence.
Second, we have built “translation” capabilities from the Intelligent Plant into Precise Evaluation. Water, and the subsequent oxygen ratios, is the most important factor which have both a positive and negative effect on the plant’s performance. When we precisely determine the plant’s needs related to the Most Active Root Zone (MARZ), we dramatically improve Plant and Soil Water Health in order to reduce Plant Stress on the crop.
Thirdly, our methodology includes the “communication” between the Precise Evaluation and the process necessary for Precise Action for instant implementation.
The fact of the matter is that the traditional irrigation practice of alternatively flooding and drying out is counter productive, as it upsets the sensitive balance the plants and the roots themselves live in. In the quest for avoiding such imbalances, Plant-Triggered Irrigation is designed to accurately apply water to meet the crop’s specific needs in a precise, accurate and timely manner. More importantly, Plant-Triggered Irrigation is designed to remotely administer real-time optimal water applications for achieving crop quality and higher yields objectives without human intervention.
Without human intervention, Plant-Triggered Irrigation supports real-time communication between the growing plant (P) and action taking irrigation machines/devices (I) in order to meet precise crop demands for water without the side effects of negative plant stress. Plant-Triggered Irrigation performs irrigation tasks that normally require human intervention.
Once the Plant Empowerment Cycle is completed and the plant responds to a precise irrigation event, the system is designed to do it all aver again in real-time, 24/7. Simply stated, without Plant to Irrigation (P2i) via the Plant Empowerment Cycle, the precise and timely application of water to meet precise plant needs that reduces crop stress for improving yields would be impossible.