Innovative Florida Farmer Recognized For Environmental Leadership

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Photo courtesy: Mike Lang of the Herald-Tribune

Congratulations to Zimmatic customer Alan Jones – the owner of Jones Potato Farm and recent recipient of one of Florida’s 2016 Agricultural Environmental Leadership Awards.

For more than 30 years, Jones has embraced new technologies and practices aimed at improving the efficiency of his farming operation while protecting and preserving the environment.

Included in his innovative operation is a system that combines seepage with center pivot irrigation – an “above and below” watering method that has reduced water use by 70 percent.

The operation currently includes 14 Zimmatic 9500 center pivots with BOSS main panels. The pivots are equipped with flow meters to monitor water use and FieldNET to provide complete remote control and management. It also includes GPS guided 9500CC corner arms on three of the units, which adapt to the various unique characteristics of his fields.

Read more about the many ways Jones is blending technology with tradition in this article in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.