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Wireless Tool Provides Complete Remote Management of Precision Variable Rate Irrigation

We are pleased to announce that Growsmart® by Lindsay Precision VRI is now fully integrated with FieldNET®, the most advanced and easiest to use remote irrigation and monitoring solution available. The full integration of these two technologies delivers unmatched cost savings and water efficiency and gives growers the flexibility to monitor and control their irrigation system from virtually anywhere.

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 and remotely operate their pivot or lateral systems with the variable rate plan of their choice. In addition, FieldNET allows multiple users to be added with varying levels of controlled access, which simplifies communication and operation with staff and stakeholders.

“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 Richard Hall, Lindsay regional manager for Australia and New Zealand. “Configurable inputs allow for real-time system status data feeds, and the cloud stored backup reduces maintenance and system downtime.”

Previously launched in New Zealand and Australia, Precision VRI has given grower Phill Evest 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.”

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 and helps ensure compliance with local regulations.

Using Growsmart Precision VRI to irrigate 326 acres (132 hectares), 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 additional water can irrigate an additional 57 acres (23 hectares) on his farm. Looking to the future, Everest said he’s interested in investing in Precision VRI on his remaining pivots.

“Some people call me a green farmer, but it’s something that spins my wheels,” he said.

For more information about Growsmart Precision VRI with FieldNet, visit your local Zimmatic dealer or www.growsmart.com/precision-vri.