Did you know that plants and trees have a pulse? Plants expand, contract and stress in ways similar to the human heart. Phytech, an agri-tech company out of Israel, calls this pulse a “plantbeat” and it is key to high-yield crop production.
The service will assist farmers in the optimization of crop yields by translating plant needs into real-time alerts and expert recommendations.
The new PlantBeat service includes the continuous monitoring – 24/7 – of plant growth rate and contractions, soil moisture and microclimate conditions in a farmer’s field or orchard. The data is collected and transmitted wirelessly to a global network of secure cloud-based servers. Proprietary algorithms analyze the plant, soil and climate data to determine specific plant stress thresholds. Timely alerts are then sent directly to any mobile device designated by the farming operation. Farmers can use the insights to make precise irrigation decisions before plant stress levels reach a point where yields are being adversely affected.
Itay Mayer, VP Business Development for Phytech says, “If you are seeking to optimize yields during the season there is no better sensor than the plant itself to help you make the best decision. By listening to a plant’s needs we are able to produce a predictive model for precise decision-making. Through PlantBeat, a plant’s needs are identified before the stress is visible – before a health decline is visible – in the field or orchard.”