Irrigation Journal: The Latest Technology in Irrigation

August 25, 2015 01:59 AM

Pivot Control Is Brand Universal

FIELDNETAs a retrofit monitoring control solution, FieldNET Pivot Control is the irrigation industry’s first system that upgrades virtually any brand of pivot to full remote control. Instead of spending money to upgrade an old control panel, a new control is mounted on the pivot point and the old pivot turns into a precision instrument.
Farmers often operate with a variety of controls and brands, but Pivot Control is brand agnostic and brings irrigation hardware across a farmer’s fields into one universal platform.

According to Reece Andrews, technology product manager for Lindsay, benefits include remote control convenience, labor savings, single system learning and a simple interface. As aged pivots go through wear, microswitches go bad and problems arise. FieldNET has built-in diagnostics—protection and prevention systems that detect error codes to identify when microswitches are experiencing intermittent shorts that eventually fail.

For those producers who use variable-rate technology, irrigation recommendations and data can be directly imported into FieldNET. Installation takes about one hour. The controller is attached at the pivot point and the GPS at the end of the pivot. Sensors answer questions about whether a pivot is irrigating properly, and when issues arise, a farmer is immediately warned.

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Next Generation of Low-Flow Drippers

Irrigated_by_Netafim_(credit_netafim)At the forefront of drip irrigation technology, Netafim’s new dripper line combines a wider, shorter and deeper water passage with a bigger filtering area. The next-gen drippers handle flow rates as low as 0.4 liters per hour with excellent clogging resistance. Highly durable, the new line works for multiple years, regardless of water quality.

Aries is the first release from Netafim’s next-gen drippers and handles flow rates of 0.5 to 4 liters per hour. The drippers cut system installation investment and labor costs by irrigating large acreage while reducing in-field shifting.

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Land Forming for Irrigation

WM-Form_2WM-Form, launched by Trimble, combines field surveys, topography analysis, design creation, cost estimation, land forming and verification. Producers and contractors gather 3D field data using the Trimble WM-Topo survey system or the FmX integrated or TMX-2050 displays. Topographic data is analyzed to identify surface problems that hinder yield. WM-Form software allows users to design fields based on topography, water needs of crops and distinct farming practices Additionally, the software provides reports for volume, area and constraints, providing accurate quotes related to potential costs.

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