Bringing glasshouse technology onto the field. Second AMI Penta fertilizer Mixer installed in Scotland for precise fertigation with irrigation control for a soft fruit farm. Having the SIIP system in place this will become automatic, taking moisture, drainage and climate readings from the field. Based on user targets, the software will take control over crop requirements and adjust accordingly.
AMI Penta sets even greater focus on the plants’ need for precision fertilizing and accurate acidity in the irrigation water at the right time. We have never seen a more precise dosing of EC and pH, giving the plants the required nutrients at the right pH.
AMI Penta fertilizer mixer is easy to operate with well-arranged menus shown on a large 10.1″ touch screen.
Many languages are available and switching between them is very simple. This minimizes the risk of human errors in companies employing people of different nationality.
Current setup controls 16 valves for growing tabletop strawberries. For each group, you can choose between 20 diﬀerent recipes with information about EC, pH and the fertilizer mix. Irrigation time and volume can be set individually for each valve. Adjustments by radiation, drainage or climate.
The software in AMI Penta is based on a standard operating system and is easy to update and expand with more functions and larger capacity when needed. AMI Penta will be connected to one central PC with the SuperLink 6 central control program for further analysis. Graphics that you can build on like chill units, GDH and disease forecast models.
It’s an exciting new development that will help you focus on more precise growing.
To read more about about Senmatic SIIP, see our page below.
The very first installation of the Senmatic Penta mixing rig in Scotland in what I think it is fair to say under ‘challenging’ conditions, which at this time of year it often is! Just a few more pieces to add and adjust and the bags will be wetted up.
The Senmatic software is using glasshouse technology for the field and the control that the irrigation team will have, is second to none. As I’m sure the picture shows, the stainless steel construction is demonstrating a high quality piece of equipment designed for many years of service.
The unit is also capable of running the Senmatic SiiP sensor system for autopilot or semi autopilot control. This is something that owner will look at later in the season as maintaining a high level of autonomous control via the computer is becoming a must for any grower.
Commercial Director Stewart Penny and Technical Manager Simon Taylor spent two full days at the trade fair, Fruit Logistica in Berlin on 5th and 6th February.
Key highlights for the Penny team, was working closely with two of our suppliers, Senmatic and J Huete both of whom had stands at the show. Indeed J Huete’s sister company Hydroponic Systems were also in attendance.
The technology available to the global fruit market is a real eye opener and something which kept the team busy for the two days.
The UK fruit industry is on the edge of some real change and with the catalyst of Brexit, growers and suppliers to the industry have to not only ‘think up’ innovative ways to grow more fruit and save money, these ideas have to be available to be implemented now! So we have to look at innovation globally understanding the solutions already out there so to speak.
J Huete, Hydroponics and Senmatic are all leaders in their respective fields and are ready to be at the start of the changing face of UK soft fruit and Penny UK are ready to introduce and manage the uptake with our existing range of completely complimentary products.
Senmatic took part in the joint Soft Fruit Winter Meeting And Information Day organised by Scottish Society for Crop Research (SSCR) and Bulrush Horticulture Ltd at the West Park Conference Centre, Perth Road, Dundee on 13th February 2020.
The day was open to anyone in the soft fruit industry and many key people in the industry attended.
The day was full of interesting subjects and we should like to thank the presenters and the organisers for that. Scottish soft fruit growing is, like many areas of the UK in this industry, on the cusp of some radical changes and this is why we felt the Senmatic mixer unit with SiiP would be well received.
Our technical team said hello to quite a number of growers and advisers, eager to understand how the automated SiiP system could add value to their growing systems. It’s frankly a combination of labour saving combined with growing better fruit. This is not a new concept, far from it, but the new decoder SiiP system is totally new and opens ‘glasshouse technology to the field’.
It was a good event and we enjoyed having the opportunity to meet old and new costumers.