|Description of the Challenge||The challenge is to develop methods and tools for the irrigation management of different crops such as sunflower, haricot, asparagus, chickpeas, etc.|
For such crops, irrigation is applied based on the practical experience of farmers but there is no real management tool yet because there are no models and /or trigger threshold values for irrigation were not defined. Investment for the development of such tools have not been made so far by companies specialised in irrigation management solutions because the market seems too small. This strong challenge is also to be linked to climate change, the management of the water resource and the sharing of this resource with all the stakeholders of the earth (industries, domestic use). Maintaining agriculture in this area is linked to the "smart" use of water now and in the future ...
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The main obstacles are to determine the rules of triggering or not the irrigation on these crops, to model plant growth according to the description of the plot (soil characteristics, irrigation equipment used ...), climate and available water resources. The use of sensors is essential to know the water status of the soil and the water demand of the plant. On the other hand, to know which sensor is the most adapted for the culture, to manage to model the cycle of development of the concerned plant will be challenges to be taken up. The challenge is complex because it mobilizes the use of different technologies and will have to communicate "easily" between them.
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|Name of the organisation||Arterris Innovation|
Arterris Innovation is the innovation subsidiary of the agricultural cooperative Arterris, specialised in crop and animal productions