WHAT IF YOUR SOYBEAN, CORN OR BEAN PRODUCTION CONTINUED TO BE ILLUMINATED EVEN AT NIGHT OR ON CLOUDY DAYS?
What if your soybean, corn or bean production continued to be illuminated even at night or on cloudy days? Located between the towns of Iraí de Minas and Monte Carmelo (MG), a 100-hectare illuminated pivot is the world’s first artificially illuminated cultivation project of this size. All the others known today are carried out in controlled environments and on a smaller scale. The lighting system is similar to the one we discussed here about indoor vertical farms.
Photo: Adriana Mendes
According to the company, the average increase in production is 66%, varying from harvest to harvest. With 40 days of irrigation by artificial light during flowering and the beginning of grain filling, increases of 66% in soybean production have already been projected. In the case of this crop, there has been an increase from 71 bags per hectare to 160 bags per hectare on average.
Photos: Adriana Mendes
This increase in agricultural productivity comes about through light supplementation and precision management of indoor crops. Artificial lighting stimulates photosynthesis in plants and compensates for or replaces the low availability of natural light.