New Technology Helps Canadian Growers Push the Limits of Agriculture

As Rick and Marian Stamp’s family grew, so did they’re farming operation. Established in 1978, Stamp Seeds now includes sons Greg, Matthew, Nathan and their families.

“We are fortunate to be a family oriented farming operation,” said Nathan. “We employ 12 full-time people as well as part-time help during the cropping season.”

Located in Southern Alberta, the Stamp’s operation is entirely focused on pedigreed seed production – high generation seed stock that produces wheat, durum, barley, faba beans, peas, lentils, flax, rye, grass, hybrid seed canola and winter cereal crops. They currently farm 5,000 acres of cropland  - with 3,750 acres under center pivot irrigation.

“We currently have 20 pivots and, of those, 15 are Zimmatics,” he said. “We have used FieldNET now for two cropping seasons. We have it installed on every single pivot on our operation and will continue to install more as required.”

Nathan said FieldNET has changed the way they manage their operation – saving both time and labor. 

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“The convenience and efficiency of the system is the most beneficial part of it,” he said. “We mainly farm in three areas, so the phone application is crucial for monitoring what degrees the pivot is located at and how much water is being applied. Everything you can see and do on your pivot panel box is in the palm of your hands.”

He added that FieldNET also seamlessly integrates crop management and irrigation.

“A good example of that occurred this summer,” he said. “We had a field that was part of routine crop scouting for staging, insect levels, diseases, soil moisture, etc. When it turned out to be the only field that needed water, the individual who was scouting that field texted me and said we needed 3/4 inch of water on that entire field. While still running the sprayer, I was able to turn on a pivot in seconds and began irrigating and viewing the pivot status. 

Nathan believes technology, like FieldNET, will continue to change the way farms are managed.

“I believe FieldNET saves us time and labor. I can be anywhere and manage all of our irrigation with the touch of a button,” he said. “Utilizing new technologies like this will allow us to push the limits of agriculture in the future.”