In Northern Colorado, the majority of seasonal water comes from adjudicated wells and purchased or rented water from ditch companies – both sources can be expensive.
“With adjudicated wells, there is usually a limit on the amount of water you can pump every year. And, in the case of ditch water, we must project our water needs before the season starts,” said Amanda McGee of Silver Reef Organic Farms. “If we underestimate our needs, we are out of luck. There is no additional water to be rented after the season starts.”
And that, McGee said, is one of the reasons FieldNET™ by Lindsay is an important part of the 2,300-acre operation near Wellington, Colorado.
“FieldNET allows us to monitor our water use throughout the season, which gives us a better estimate for how much water to rent for the following season,” McGee said.
The industry’s leading remote irrigation management solution, FieldNET also gives Silver Reef’s irrigation manager the ability to view and controls the operation’s 18 pivots from almost anywhere.
“We have fully integrated FieldNET into our operation through the use of the apps on our phones and tablets as well as a dedicated office-based computer,” McGee said. “Our irrigation manager is able to monitor the pivots through the day and make changes easily and efficiently without having to drive to each pivot. The alerts and safety features of the technology allows us to address issues before they escalate to potentially costly repairs.”
McGee added that FieldNET has also resulted in labor savings.
“FieldNET has helped our bottom line through labor savings, because we no longer have to walk or drive out to each pivot every time we need to change or move direction,” she said. “We’ve also seen electrical savings, because we are now able to start and stop the pivots exactly when we need to, rather than overshooting or having to sit and monitor.”
FieldNET is just one of the new technologies utilized at Silver Reef Organic Farms.
In our next blog post, we’ll explain how they use variable rate irrigation (VRI) and other new innovations to increase production and maximize profit potential.