FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wireless Tool Provides Complete Remote Management of
Precision Variable Rate Irrigation
(OMAHA, Neb.) – October 2016 – Lindsay Corporation has announced that it now offers Growsmart® by Lindsay Precision VRI with FieldNET® to provide complete remote pivot management with VRI control, monitoring and reporting.
With Precision VRI, growers can precisely apply the correct amount of water or chemicals over multiple crops, soil types and terrains. When integrated with FieldNET remote management, growers have the ability to easily create or edit irrigation plans. Multiple users can be added with controlled access.
“The correct amount of water on every part of the field is essential for maximum yields. When coupled with FieldNET, Precision VRI gives growers the pinpoint accuracy they need along with the efficiencies that result from full remote capabilities,” said Reece Andrews, new technology product manager at Lindsay Corporation. “Configurable inputs allow for real-time system status data feeds, and the cloud stored backup reduces maintenance and repair system downtime.”
Previously launched in New Zealand and Australia, Precision VRI has given grower Phill Everest the ability to turn off irrigation over and around pivot ruts, tracks, water troughs, gateways and drains. He also can avoid irrigating boggy areas, reducing rutting and allowing them to recover before changing his plan and irrigating again – effectively managing problems posed by heavy, seasonally waterlogged soils. He describes his decision to adopt precision technology as a means to “kill five birds with one stone.”
“The first time using the new FieldNET tool for Precision VRI, I found it very easy,” Everest said. “It was much simpler and quicker having just the one place to go to control my pivot and manage the Precision VRI plans.”
Using Growsmart Precision VRI to irrigate 132 hectares (326 acres), Everest has been able to reduce his water usage by 884,976 gallons (3,350,000 litres) in comparison to a standard system applying a uniform rate application of .5 inches (15 mm) across the property. The saved water can irrigate an additional 57 acres (23 hectares) on his farm.
Adding FieldNET to Precision VRI requires additional hardware that allows growers to customize and remotely manage water applications. It also provides detailed irrigation reports that lead to better decision-making.
For more information about Growsmart Precision VRI, talk to your local Zimmatic dealer or visit www.growsmart.com.