Our data mining platform was tested on over 4,000 acres of farmed land between 2015 and 2017. We worked with UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara to understand the impact on energy efficiency and water use efficiency.
CropMonitor achieved an increase of 9% in water use efficiency (ratio of crop yield divided by water application) across alfalfa, almond, tomato, etc. PumpMonitor reduced the energy intensity of pumping but it varied greatly by farms and by types of irrigation systems (drip, micro-jet, and flood). The total reduction in energy varied from 9% to 33% with a weighted average per acre of 13%.
What does that mean to your bottom-line? There is an inherent relationship between controlling farming inputs and optimizing crop yield by providing the right amount of water and nutrients to plants at the right time. Resource conservation can also help mean profitability.